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Intellectual Property: Protecting Agriculture's Assets

As the pace of scientific discovery in the food and agricultural sector has accelerated over the past few decades, the use of patents and other intellectual property rights to protect these discoveries has increased tremendously.

Ice Miller offers a broad range of intellectual property services that are particularly focused on the needs of clients in the agriculture, livestock, fertilizer materials, animal health, plant science and food processing industries. 

We regularly assist clients with strategically managing their patent portfolios and work with them to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property rights. Our team of attorneys and technical specialists offers a full range of intellectual property legal services in these broad food and agricultural areas, including:

  • Preparation, filing and prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in foreign countries
  • Licensing of IP assets both in the United States and abroad
  • Trademarks
  • Research and development agreement
  • Product Development
  • Litigation

Ice Miller also has extensive experience in licensing agricultural-related technologies with educational institutions, public-sector organizations and the industry. We also work with technology transfer offices of large and small universities as well as the licensees that hold rights in university-owned patents.

Representative Experience

  • Agribusiness Council of Indiana.  Ice Miller's director of agribusiness strategies serves as president of ACI and provides executive and strategic direction for key initiatives and represents ACI at state, regional and national industry gatherings.  Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group closely monitors and informs members on key state and federal issues, and represents ACI before the Indiana General Assembly and other key regulatory agencies. Ice Miller also coordinates efforts with ACI's national affiliates, including CropLife America, The Fertilizer Institute, American Seed Trade Association, Ag Retailers Association, National Grain and Feed Association, and American Feed Industry Association, to provide support on important policy and regulatory issues.
  • CLAAS.  Ice Miller has worked closely with CLAAS of America, Claas Omaha Inc., and their parent company, Claas KGaA for over two decades, helping them on a wide variety of legal matters throughout North America including advice on distributor agreements, product liability and warranty claims, labor issues, and general risk management.
  • CountryMark.  Ice Miller represents CountryMark on policy and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level.  Our attorneys have also assisted with a major biofuels grant submission to the U.S. Department of Energy as well as corporate representation on the acquisition of assets of a Midwestern oil and gas exploration and production company.  
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