Ceres Gets Two Crop Patents

Thousand Oaks-based agricultural biotechnology developer Ceres reports that it hs received two, U.S. patents on crop traits that it says it is looking to apply to such crops as corn, soybean, forage sorghum and cotton. The two patents are U.S. Patent No. 9,303,268 and U.S. Patent No. 9,309,573, and bring the company's total number of patents to approximately 90. The '268 patent focuses on improving low light tolerance in plants, and names Shing Kwok, Sam Harris, and James Burns as inventors, with Fish & Richardson P.C. representing the firm in the filing. The '573 focuses on peptide encoding in plant cells, and names Vyacheslav Brover, Timothy J. Swaller, Kenneth A. Feldmann, and Maxim Troukhan as inventors, with Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP filing the patent for the company.