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Gene and plant patenting

L. Curtis Hannah hannah at GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU
Sat May 2 13:16:18 EST 1998

Dear Land Grant Colleagues:

	An issue of active debate at some Land Grant Institutions concerns  the
relationships among conventional plant breeding programs,  gene patenting
and commerce.  I would be quite pleased if you would respond with policies
that your institution has adopted to address these issues.   If you are not
familiar with the policies of your university, I ask that you forward this
message to the appropriate person.  I thank you.

	In particular, we are interested in determining whether you and your
institution can enter into an exclusive licensing arrangement with a
private company or whether you must make patented genes available to plant
breeders within your college for breeding/commercial purposes.

	I very much thank you for your efforts.  Since this is a very important
issue,  I plan to  prepare a summary of your responses, with your approval,
and furnish it to those who respond.

Curt Hannah

L. Curtis Hannah

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