Federal Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Plant Patent Applications

Federal Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Plant Patent Applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences affirming a patent examiner's rejection of two applications for "new and distinct" oak trees was proper, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 6 (In re: Walter F. Beineke, Nos. 11-1459, 1460, Fed. Cir.).

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