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Heidi S. Nebel Selected for National Plant Variety Protection BoardMay 14, 2018

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has appointed Heidi S. Nebel, Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney, Managing Member, and Chair of the Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, to serve on the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Board effective immediately.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Board is “composed of 14 members that include farmers, plant breeders, seed industry experts, university professors, and lawyers who have involvement with plant varieties and/or their use”. The mission of the PVP Board is “to provide direction to the PVP Office which ultimately influences the development of new plant varieties by providing an incentive (through intellectual property protection) to the breeders of these varieties”.

“I am honored to be able to represent interests of the many plant breeders across the country, many of whom are our clients, to help shape policy and IP strategy at a national level,” said Heidi.

Heidi has been an IP attorney for over 25 years, obtaining patents and designing IP strategy in the areas of agricultural biotechnology, plants, and animals. Heidi also enjoys being an advocate of biotechnology, speaking around the country on important issues in the field. Her practice includes representation of more than 30 different universities and research foundations across the country, as well as many Agribusiness companies.

Heidi will serve on the Board until May 1, 2020.


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