Plant Variety Protection Patent Summer 2016

At the start of the summer in 2016, CALS International Programs helped facilitate the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service's U.S.-China Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP). This bilateral exchange program allowed for a group of six from China's Ministry of Agriculture to visit the United States to learn about U.S. plant and agricultural patent laws.

Fred Parker and Ted Feitshans gave the group an overview of the legal system in the United States, and also compared the business practices of the U.S. and China in a lecture


Visiting Bayer Crop Science in Research Triangle Park.


Meeting Scott Johnson, Vice-President of Agricultural Biotechnology at the NC Biotechnology Center, who discussed State-Private biotechnology partnerships and efforts to protect intellectual property with the group.


The group meeting with Bill Foote, Director of the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association, to learn about state initiatives to protect seed companies.


Visiting the National Mall during the leg of the trip in Washington D.C.


A group photo in front of the bay in San Francisco on the last day of the visit.