September 10, 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that it will showcase a series of unique sessions at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit, including a panel highlighting the value of intellectual property in animal biotechnology. Polsinelli PC will sponsor two sessions, one on the importance of protecting patent rights to helped spur innovation and the second on utilizing biotechnology to better human and animal health. BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

“Intellectual Property is critical to protecting innovation and attracting investment for animal biotechnology. Understanding how to properly protect innovation is highly important to the future success of this industry,” said Cathy Enright, Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture at BIO. “We are pleased that Polsinelli PC is able to provide attendees at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit a unique view into the important role that patents play in the animal biotechnology industry.”

On Thursday, September 18, the Intellectual Property: Value to Animal Biotechnology session is scheduled to occur 8:45 am – 10:15 am and will discuss the role of intellectual property in a commercial context and the current events impacting the rights of patent holders. Following this session, BIO is set to host Polsinelli’s second panel discussion, Human and Animal Health Solutions, from 10:30am – 12:00pm. Here, presenters will address how animal biotechnology can act as powerful tool to meet human and animal health needs.

“Intellectual Property is critical to the Livestock industry, both in the United States and internationally,” said Tim Worrall, patent attorney and shareholder at the law firm Polsinelli PC. “Changes in intellectual property law are impacting the ability to protect technology which in ways will affect the bottom line of existing and future product lines. Our panel seeks to highlight how intellectual property can affect the bottom line of companies, and its role in a corporate and university environment.”

Worrall is available to speak to the media prior and following the summit.

BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit three day program will include a number of leading experts in the field of animal biotechnology to share their experiences and insights into this promising field, including keynote addresses by Dr. Richard Raymond, former undersecretary of agriculture for food safety at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Dr. James Murray, Professor Animal Science and Population Health at the University of California at Davis.

Additionally, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will attend the Summit on Wednesday, September 17 and will speak to attendees about how South Dakota is leading the way with the kind of technology that allows us to live longer, healthier lives.