The Agrochemical Practice at Oblon is well-equipped to counsel clients on all types of  IP related concerns that arise in competitive agribusiness. With the understanding that patent and IP coverage can greatly affect business decisions, we guide clients through the frequent complexities of chemical-agricultural IP landscapes, including issues related to:

  • Clearance for marketing new products
  • Patentability
  • Claim scope, infringement, design-around strategies, and risk assessment
  • Validity and enforceability
  • Enforcement actions
  • Post-grant patent validity challenges and litigations
  • Patent prosecution strategies and portfolio management

The attorneys and agents within the Agrochemical Practice Group at Oblon take on these types of issues for a wide variety of agrochemicals. We handle intellectual property issues for herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, growth promoters, feeds, agricultural products and other chemical applications. Several of our attorneys and agents earned advanced degrees in the sciences or worked in chemical research or in industry prior to pursuing careers in intellectual property, enabling a high degree of understanding and familiarity with the various facets of technological development.

In prosecuting applications drawn to clients’ developments providing increased yields, improved efficiency, higher levels of safety, or reduced environmental impact, the Agrochemical Practice Group at Oblon conveys the inventiveness of these developments to the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to obtain strong patent claims. Our decades of experience with the USPTO, as well as our proximity to its main campus of offices, give us an edge in efficiently handling applications and deftly handling petitions, appeals, reexaminations, post-grant proceedings and litigations for agrochemical technologies.

Oblon’s professionals have the experience to thoroughly engage with the technical aspects of the confluence of biology and agrochemical development. Several of the professionals in our Agrochemicals Practice actively contribute to our Biotechnology Practice. The overlap and collaboration between these practice groups provides comprehensive technical understanding of the biology behind agrochemical mechanisms.