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First Book Analyzing Plant-Specific Intellectual Property Strategies

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Oxford University Press and Foley & Lardner LLP are pleased to announce the publication of “Intellectual Property Law of Plants,” the first book to provide practical analysis on the creation and implementation of specialized, plant-specific intellectual property.

Co-written by an expert team of academics and practitioners, including Foley partner Richard Peet as well as Herbert Jervis and Mark Janis, this book examines plant and plant biotechnology innovation and law from a global perspective. Specifically, it compares plant intellectual property law in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Addressing the complexities and unique nature of plant intellectual property (IP) law, featured topics include:

  • IP law framework for plant innovation
  • Innovation in plant breeding
  • Overview of International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants systems
  • U.S. plant variety protection
  • Plant breeders’ rights outside of the U.S.

“Plant intellectual property law is a niche which stands apart from other IP endeavors because of its complex nature,” said Richard Peet, book coauthor and former chair of Foley’s Chemical and Pharmaceutical Practices. “This book seeks to explain the key issues involved and simplify those complexities.”

Additionally, full treatment is given to the legal and technological framework; important intellectual property regimes in plant breeding; formal grants of rights under plant variety protection schemes; plant and utility patent regimes and trademark regimes. Antitrust restrictions on intellectual property licensing and international regulations on plant genetic resources are also covered in detail.

About the Authors:

MARK D. JANIS is the H. Blair & Joan V. White Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Iowa College of Law. He is the co-author (with Herb Hovenkamp and Mark Lemley) of IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law (Aspen Publishers, 2002).

HERBERT H. JERVIS is the former Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Pioneer Hi-Bred.

RICHARD C. PEET is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. He formerly chaired the firm’s International Business Team and Chemical & Pharmaceutical Practices.

Intellectual Property Law of Plants
Publicity Date: March 2014
9780198700913 | Paperback | $249.50

About Foley & Lardner LLP

With approximately 900 attorneys in 20 offices, Foley & Lardner LLP provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world. Our team-based approach, innovative technology, and focus on value and client service are continually recognized by our clients and the legal industry. Foley has been recognized in a survey* of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel as an elite BTI Client Service 30 for 11 years — one of only seven law firms to hold this distinction for more than 10 years. In addition, Foley received 26 national first-tier rankings on the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and was named to the Information Week 500 list for seven of the past eight years for technological innovation that enhances business value. Learn more at

*2014 BTI Client Service A-Team survey, The BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, MA

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