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Speaker: Travis Bliss & Stephany Small at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

Travis Bliss, Partner
Speaker: Travis Bliss & Stephany Small at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP -
Speaker: Travis Bliss & Stephany Small at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP -

Session Title: Utilizing IP Rights to Achieve Maximum Value From a Breeding Program

Tuesday, July 13  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description:  Developing a new plant variety with desirable features can take large amounts of resources and years of dedicated effort. The only way for a breeder to ensure that they are rewarded for those efforts is by securing intellectual property (IP) rights. There are several options covering exactly what can be protected and how, and breeders need to properly consider these options to ensure they are getting the strongest protection and the most value from their efforts. Moreover, simply obtaining IP protection often provides little value, as the real value comes from licensing that IP to other growers. This presentation will examine the types of IP that can be obtained when a new plant variety is developed, the points that should be considered in deciding what IP to obtain, and how those IP rights can be monetized through various licensing scenarios. 

Level: Intermediate       Type: Business Operations

Travis Bliss

Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP 

Dr. Travis Bliss is an intellectual property attorney.  Prior to attending law school, Travis obtained both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with a focus on agricultural biotechnology.  Since graduating from law school, Travis’s practice has focused on procuring, monetizing, and enforcing IP rights for biotechnology and life sciences inventions, including obtaining, licensing, and enforcing patents and trademarks directed toward novel varieties plants.

Stephany Small

Patent Agent at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP 

Dr. Stephany Small is a patent agent at the intellectual property law firm of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP.  Stephany’s practice focuses on the life sciences fields, including novel plant varieties and transgenic plants.  Stephany has a Ph.D. in cellular and microbial biology and has extensive research experience in genetics and molecular biology.

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP ... Intellectual Property Law
An intellectual property boutique, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP was officially established on January 1, 2008. Although the name is new, a common thread connects our team of intellectual property professionals, most of whom have practiced together for decades, including 18 years with the former Panitch Schwarze Jacobs & Nadel firm, and more recently, 9 years with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Our Approach -- Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP adopts a team approach, encouraging the collaboration of our patent, trademark, and copyright professionals so as to maximize client protection. We have long-standing relationships with a network of foreign associates in countries around the world, allowing us to provide clients with global protection of their intellectual property assets. Our attorneys attend international conferences and meet with foreign associates regularly to ensure that our clients are well-represented with a comprehensive IP protection and enforcement strategy both domestically and abroad.

2001 Market St Suite 2800 Philadelphia, PA 19103
Email:  info@panitchlaw.com     Contact:  
Phone:  215-965-1330   FAX:  215-965-1331


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