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Agricultural Technology: Current Intellectual Property Issues

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During the period from 1960 to 2015, the global population increased from 3 billion to 7 billion individuals. Despite this, the average daily calorie intake per person increased from under 2500 to nearly 3000. This miracle was achieved largely thanks to improvements in productivity through the introduction and adoption of new agricultural technologies. The world’s population is expected to reach 9.1 billion people in 2050, and there is no doubt that further technological advances will be required.

Intellectual property plays a vital role in ensuring new agricultural technologies receive investment and are brought to the market. However, the existence of patents (and other IP rights) in the field of agriculture poses some unique challenges quite unlike those in other fields. Our speakers address the latest thinking on IP issues in agriculture, including the following topics:

  • Drivers for innovation in agriculture
  • The EU “Green Deal” – opportunities and challenges for innovators
  • Emerging technologies – securing protection
  • Chemical crop protection agents – European and US landscape
  • Supplementary Protection Certificates for Pesticides – case law review
  • Products of nature and genetically modified crops – protection in Europe and the US
  • Freedom-to-operate in the AgTech sector


Loren Hulse - Partner, Holland & Hart

Loren is a US patent attorney and partner at Holland and Hart. As a practitioner, Loren has developed, managed, and protected both large and small domestic and foreign patent and trademark portfolios. His wide-ranging chemical, manufacturing, and biotech/pharmaceutical experience includes advising clients how to protect chemicals and formulations, including small molecule and peptide drugs, nucleotide analogues, and RNA-related technologies.

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Adrian Bradley - Partner, Cleveland Scott York

Adrian is a European and UK patent attorney and partner at Cleveland Scott York. His practice focusses on healthcare, with specialisms in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics. He previously worked as a scientist in agrochemical research with Zeneca (now Syngenta). He has advised numerous companies patenting strategies in agricultural technology.

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Joe Gaal - Former Head, Fungicide IP, Syngenta

Joe has over 30 years’ experience in the IP sector, both in private practise and industry. He was a European and UK Patent Attorney and has worked as a senior patent attorney for Sandoz, Novartis, Zeneca and Syngenta in all areas within the AgTech industry, including small molecule chemistry, biotechnology, and professional and natural products.

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