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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Intellectual Property attorneys Travis D. Boone and Benton S. Duffett, Jr. wrote an article, entitled "Timely Submission of U.S. Plant Patent Applications Continues to of Prime Importance" that was included as part of November 10, 2011, circular letter to members of the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Plants (CIOPORA).

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The article addresses novelty provisions as they relate to the current U.S. Patent Plant Law and "what is believed at this time to be a reasonable application" of the America Invents Act, which is schedule to become effective March 16, 2013.

CIOPORA is an international organization defending the Intellectual Property of breeders of vegetatively reproduced ornamental and fruit varieties, and has for the past 50 years worked for the improvement of IP protection for plant innovations.