Thousand Oaks-based seed biotechnology developer Ceres reports this morning that it has been awarded a U.S. patent on a genetic sequence derived from corn. The company said the patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,710,201, covers use of a gene in areas of research, product development, and seed production. The company said the additional patent brings its total owned or licensed patents to 85; the company also says it has approximately 110 pending patent applications. According to the U.S. PTO, the inventors of the patent were Nicholai Alexandrov, Vyacheslav Brover, and Kenneth Feldman. The patent was originally filed in September of 2012. The company's patent attorney was Fish & Richardson P.C.