Monthly Archives: March 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Borlaug

March 25, 2009, is Dr. Norman Borlaug’s 95th Birthday.  Born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa, Norman Ernest Borlaug is often referred to as the father of the “Green Revolution” that helped save countless lives from starvation.  Dr. Borlaugh is one of only five people in history to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. With a Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics from the University Read More >

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BIO IP News Weekly for March 20, 2009

BIO’s weekly newsletter of stories compiled from a variety of public news sources, previously only available to BIO members, is now publicly available: See our temporary version here to check out the news we’re following for March 20, 2009.

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US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Issues Decision in Tafas v Dudas

Read the Decision here: http://tinyurl.com/ce6o7r Read BIO’s Comments to the US Patent and Trademark Office on Proposed Rule Changes Concerning Claims Containing Alternative Language: http://www.bio.org/ip/domestic/20071009.pdf

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Celebrating Agriculture’s Abundance

 Every year, the Agriculture Council of America hosts the annual “National Ag Week” campaign.  But we shouldn’t need a special day to appreciate all that agriculture provides us – we see it every day in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we consume.  This year, National Ag Day is Friday, March 20.  This is the day that producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join Read More >

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Controversy on Discounting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On March 13, Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) along with 10 others sent a new letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging “EPA to refrain from including any calculations of the ILUC components in determining life-cycle GHG emissions for biofuels at this time.” The new letter referenced a letter sent in November to then-Administrator Stephen Johnson, which was signed by four of the current 12 signers as well as then Sen. (now Read More >

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