Intellectual Property: Protecting Intellectual Property in Plants and Seeds
K. A. Zullow and R. A. Karmas. Goodwin Procter, New York, NY. Cereal Foods World 53(6):319-321.
This column introduces forms of protection for seeds and plants (that tolerate herbicides, resist pests, have improved nutritional profiles, grow in adverse conditions, and have better handling and processing characteristics) and the innovations underlying them. They can be protected by utility patents, plant patents, certification under the Plant Variety Protection Act, and trade secrets. The article discusses the different types of protection and outlines their historical context.