US 2007/22495

This Mendel patent application, one of a family of, to date, over 180 patent applications filed in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the PCT, and possibly other jurisdictions that do not report to INPADOC, relates to polynucleotides and polypeptides associated with transcription factors from A. thaliana.   Note how non-specific the utility is:  particularly, the transcription factors are those responsible for modifying phenotypes of plants.  Very broad language is used for the phenotypes in claim 1b below;  a patent examiner could rightly question whether applicant has described how any one of the sequences of part (a) of the claim relate to any one of the phenotypes in part (b) of the claim, because on its face the claim is to any plant having any characteristic listed in claim 1b and containing any sequence, regardless of source, that is somewhat like any of the sequences in claim 1a.

Patent or Publication No. Title, Independent Claims and Summary Applicant
US 2007/22495

  • Earliest priority – 17 Nov 1999
  • Filed – 30 Jun 2006
  • Granted – Pending
  • Expected expiry – N/A
Title – Transcription factors for increasing yield

Claim 1
A transgenic plant having an improved trait relative to a control plant, wherein:

(a) the transgenic plant comprises a recombinant polynucleotide encoding a first polypeptide having a conserved domain at least 65% identical to the conserved domain of a second polypeptide selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 110, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 131, 135, 139, 143, 147, 151, 155, 159, 163, 167, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187, 191, 195, 199, 203, 207, 211, 215, 219, 223, 227, 231, 235, 239, 243, 247, 251, 255, 259, 263, 267, 271, 275, 280, 284, 288, 292, 296, 299, 303, 306, 309, 313, 317, 321, 325, 329, 333, 337, 341, 345, 349, 353, 357, 361, 365, 369, 373, 377, 381, 385, 389, 393, 397, 401, 404, 406, 409, 413, 416, 419, 422, 425, 428, 431, 435, 439, 443, 447, 451, 454, 458, 462, 465, 468, 471, 475, 478, 482, 485, 489, 493, 497, 501, 505, 509, 512, 515, 519, 522, 526, 530, 534, 538, 542, 546, 550, 553, 557, 561, 565, 568, 571, 574, 577, 581, 585, 588, 591, 594, 597, 601, 605, 609, 613, 616, 620, 624, 628, 632, 636, 640, 644, 648, 652, 656, 660, 664, 667, 671, 674, 678, 682, 686, 689, 692, 696, 700, 704, 708, 712, 715, 719, 723, 727, 731, 734, 738, 741, 745, 749, 752, 756, 760, 762, 766, 770, 774, 778, 782, 786, 789, 793, 797, 801, 805, 809, 813, 816, 819, 823, 827, 831, 835, 839, 843, 847, 851, 855, 859, 863, 867, 871, 874, 878, 882, 886, 890, 894, 898, 901, 905, 909, 913, 917, 921, 925, 929, 933, 937, 941, 945, 949, 953, 957, 960, 963, 966, 970, 973, 976, 980, 984, 988, 992, 995, 999, 1003, 1007, 1011, 1015, 1019, 1023, 1027, 1031, 1037, 1041, 1045, 1049, 1052, 1056, 1060, 1064, 1067, 1071, 1075, 1078, 1081, 1085, 1089, 1093, 1097, 1101, 1104, 1108, 1112, 1116, 1120, 1123, 1126, 1130, 1134, 1138, 1142, 1145, 1148, 1151, 1154, 1157, 1161, 1165, 1169, 1173, 1177, 1181, 1185, 1188, 1192, 1195, 1199, 1203, 1207, 1211, 1215, 1219, 1222, 1226, 1229, 1233, 1236, 1240, 1243, 1247, 1251, 1254, 1258, 1262, 1266, 1269, 1273, 1277, 1281, 1285, 1289, 1293, 1297, 1300, 1304, 1308, 1311, 1314, 1318, 1322, 1326, 1330, 1334, 1338, 1342, 1346, 1350, 1354, 1358, 1361, 1365, 1369, 1372, 1376, 1380, 1384, 1388, 1392, 1396, 1400, 1404, 1408, 1411, 1415, 1419, 1423, 1427, 1431, 1435, 1439, 1443, 1446, 1449, 1452, 1455, 1459, 1463, 1467, 1470, 1474, 1477, 1481, 1488, 1492, 1495, 1499, 1503, 1507, 1511, 1515, 1519, 1522, 1526, 1530, 1533, 1537, 1541, 1545, 1549, 1553, 1557, 1561, 1565, 1568, 1572, 1576, 1579, 1583, 1586, 1589, 1593, 1596, 1598, 1602, 1604, 1608, 1611, 1614, 1617, 1620, 1624, 1628, 1632, 1636, 1640, 1645, 1648, 1652, 1656, 1660, 1664, 1668, 1672, 1676, 1680, 1684, 1688, 1692, 1696, 1700, 1704, 1707, 1711, 1715, 1719, 1722, 1726, 1729, 1733, 1737, 1741, 1745, 1749, 1753, 1757, 1761, 1765, 1769, 1773, 1777, 1781, 1785, 1789, 1793, 1796, 1800, 1803, 1806, 1809, 1812, 1816, 1820, 1824, 1827, 1831, 1835, 1838, 1841, 1844, 1846, 1850, 1853, 1857, 1861, 1865, 1869, 1873, 1877, 1881, 1885, 1889, 1893, 1897, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1935, 1939, 1943, 1949, 1957, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998; and 1999-2007;

(b) the improved trait is selected from the group consisting of larger size, larger seeds, greater yield, darker green color, increased rate of photosynthesis, more tolerance to osmotic stress, more drought tolerance, more heat tolerance, more salt tolerance, more cold tolerance, more tolerance to low nitrogen, early flowering, delayed flowering, more resistance to disease, more seed protein, and more seed oil relative to the control plant.

Claim 8
A method for producing a transgenic plant having larger size, greater yield, higher photosynthetic rate or delayed flowering relative to a control plant, the method comprising the step of transforming a target plant with an expression vector comprising a recombinant polynucleotide encoding a polypeptide having a conserved domain at least 91% identical to the conserved domain of amino acids 146-194 of SEQ ID NO: 1796, thus producing the transgenic plant.
Claim 15
A transgenic plant comprising a recombinant polynucleotide encoding a conserved domain of amino acids 146-194 of SEQ ID NO: 1796.

Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.

Remarks

This application is a Continuation-in-part of application No. 09/713994, filed on 16 Nov 2000, now abandoned.