Hahn Loeser has particular strength in intellectual property rights relating to plants, agriculture and agricultural equipment.  With degrees in botany, plant genetics, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials engineering; lab, field, and greenhouse experience in plant physiology, genetics, and transgenic plants; and experience in complex licensing, commercialization, and enforcement issues, our team is capable of speaking the language of and solving problems for our clients whether they are Ph.D. plant breeders, agricultural equipment manufacturers, entrepreneurs, growers, farmers, or university licensing managers.

Our attorneys and patent agents have over 20 years of experience working with agriculture companies, universities, and plant breeders to protect and commercialize their agricultural and plant-variety inventions.  Our team has obtained plant patents and plant variety registrations in the United States, Europe, and over 20 other countries around the world.  In addition to our expertise in obtaining plant patents and plant breeders’ rights, our team has also helped clients solve difficult problems relating to licensing and enforcement in numerous foreign countries, where each commercial opportunity, licensee relationship, and legal system presents new challenges.  We have worked with leading breeders and growers of crops as diverse as table grapes, stone fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots), blueberries and other berries, flowers, and turfgrasses.

We also have assisted clients with plant and agriculture-related utility patents ranging from agricultural equipment such as hay balers and weed control devices to disease screening technologies for dairy herds, new methods of transforming commercially important plant species, specific high-value crops, aquaculture, and contained-environment growing of plants and algae for production of energy and/or valuable natural products.

With long-standing contacts in the plant-patent examination unit in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as in numerous foreign countries, our plant group is ready to assist with IP protection of marijuana strains in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.