Abandoned Rice Patent Applications

Many applications never make it to becoming actual patents, but are rather abandoned during the examination process. When this occurs, the inventions disclosed in the patent application become available for public to use, as long as they are not the subject of another granted patent. For U.S. applications reciting rice sequences in the claims, we found that roughly 30% are abandoned (Figure 1). The table below shows the applications that recite rice sequences (or sequences highly similar to rice) in the claims that are abandoned, and that did not have any pending continuations as of March 2008.

Figure 1: Pending vs. Abandoned U.S. Rice Patent Applications

Application No. Assignee Title No. of Sequences in Claims Status Date
20050150008 Agrigenesis Biosciences Limited

Wrightson Seeds Limited

Compositions isolated from forage grasses and methods of use 190 30 Jan ’08
20030237108 Agrigenesis Biosciences Limited Compositions isolated from forage grasses and methods for their use 88 20 March ’08
20070054278 Applera Corporation Polymorphisms in nucleic acid molecules encoding human enzyme proteins,methods of detection and uses thereof 558824 30 Jan ’08
20010036654 ARCH Development Corporation Canola acetyl-CoA carboxylase compositions and methods of use 14 30 Jan ’08
20020115085 Avalon Pharmaceuticals Cancer gene determination and therapeutic screening using signature
gene sets
318 20 March ’08
20040023395 Bionox, Inc. Transgenic tetraploid plants and methods of production 46 31 Jan ’08
20020092041 California, The Regents of the University of PROCEDURES AND MATERIALS FOR CONFERRING DISEASE RESISTANCE
IN PLANTS
12 31 Jan ’08
20040221332 Cropdesign N.V. Plant growth regulating genes, proteins and uses thereof 104 31 Jan ’08
20010010931 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant glycolysis and respiration enzymes 20 31 Jan ’08
20020001843 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Starch biosynthetic enzymes 20 20 March ’08
20020009801 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Amino acid decarboxylases 20 31 Jan ’08
20020066120 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company PLANT MYB-RELATED TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS 50 20 March ’08
20020119546 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Squalene synthesis enzymes 16 31 Jan ’08
20020152497 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Nucleic acid fragments encoding proteins involved in stress response 104 20 March ’08
20020182704 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant proteinases 56 20 March ’08
20020187539 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant myb-related transcription factors 50 31 Jan ’08
20030003471 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company cDNAs encoding polypeptides 106 20 March ’08
20030017978 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Spf1-related transcription factors 12 31 Jan ’08
20030066102 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant gene for p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase 9 31 Jan ’08
20030082787 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant histidine biosynthetic enzymes 7 31 Jan ’08
20030084475 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Nucleic acid fragments and proteins affecting storage organelle formation and
methods of use
14 31 Jan ’08
20030088083 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Metal-binding proteins 14 31 Jan ’08
20030088882 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Fructokinase 12 31 Jan ’08
20030104593 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant sorbitol biosynthetic 22 20 March ’08
20030119165 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant transcription factors 43 31 Jan ’08
20030140372 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Genes for desaturases to alter lipid profiles in corn 19 31 Jan ’08
20030167508 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Novel plant tryptophan synthase beta subunit 10 31 Jan ’08
20030167509 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant histidine biosynthetic enzymes 2 31 Jan ’08
20030177522 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant folate biosynthetic genes 2 31 Jan ’08
20030186362 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant cell cycle regulatory proteins 18 31 Jan ’08
20030217384 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Obtusifoliol 14a-demethylase 4 31 Jan ’08
20040064848 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Chorismate biosynthesis enzymes 28 31 Jan ’08
20040214216 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company Plant amino acyl-tRNA synthetase 6 31 Jan ’08
20060005277 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company cDNAs encoding polypeptides 106 31 Jan ’08
20030172411 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company
PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, Inc.
Disease resistance factors 16 20 March ’08
20050074862 E I du Pont De Nemours and Company

PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, Inc.

Polynucleotides encoding defense responde proteins 2 31 Jan ’08
20020045592 ELITRA PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc Genes identified as required for proliferation in escherichia coli 397 31 Jan ’08
20030177524 FALCO SAVERIO CARL; RAFALSKI J. ANTONI; WENG ZUDE Gene involved in pyrimidine biosynthesis in plants 8 31 Jan ’08
20030188334 Famodu Omolayo O; Maxwell Carl A Magnesium chelatase 2 31 Jan ’08
20030170845 Famodu Omolayo O; Orozco Emil M Tetrahydrofolate metabolic enzymes 70 31 Jan ’08
20030177532 Gemstar (Cambridge) Limited Manipulation of starch granule size and number 24 31 Jan ’08
20030200564 Gemstar (Cambridge) Limited Starch modification 35 31 Jan ’08
20050144667 Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited, The Plant polypeptides and polynucleotides encoding same 12 31 Jan ’08
20040048253 Incyte Corporation Molecules for diagnostics and therapeutics 422 31 Jan ’08
20030134283 Incyte Genomics, Inc. Genes regulated in dendritic cell differentiation 260 31 Jan ’08
20030106106 Japan Tobacco, Inc. Flower organ-specific gene and its promoter sequence 1 31 Jan ’08
20020194646 Large Scale Biology Corporation Methods of creating dwarf phenotypes in plants 122 31 Jan ’08
20030162291 McGill University Clk-2, cex-7 and coq-4 genes, and uses thereof 50 20 March ’08
20030181408 Merck & Co., Inc. Genes essential for microbial proliferation and antisense thereto 469 31 Jan ’08
20040029129 Merck & Co., Inc. Identification of essential genes in microorganisms 78581 31 Jan ’08
20020170089 Millennium Pharmaceuticals Nucleic acids encoding defense inducible proteins and uses thereof 22 31 Jan ’08
20020192813 Monsanto Technology PLANT EXPRESSION VECTORS 6 31 Jan ’08
20030165947 Monsanto Technology Plant regulatory sequences for selective control of gene expression 28 31 Jan ’08
20040093638 Nara Institute of Science and Technology Method for promoting fatty acid synthesis in a plant 2 31 Jan ’08
20040091860 National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences Rice peroxidases with various characteristics 21 31 Jan ’08
20050034189 National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences Chitin oligosaccharide elicitor- and gibberellin-responsive genes in plants,
and uses thereof
4 31 Jan ’08
20040229233 NGK Insulators, Ltd. Human housekeeping genes and human-tissue specific genes 200 31 Jan ’08
20050196754 Nuvelo, Inc. Novel nucleic acids and polypeptides 60736 31 Jan ’08
20060123505 National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences

RIKEN

Foundation for Advancement of InterNational Science

Full-length plant cDNA and uses thereof 56791 31 Jan ’08
20030203372 Oxford Biomedica (UK) Ltd. Analysis method 497 31 Jan ’08
20020142319 Paradigm Genetics Inc. Expressed sequences of Arabidopsis thaliana 900 31 Jan ’08
20030115639 Paradigm Genetics Inc. Expressed sequences of arabidopsis thaliana 999 31 Jan ’08
20020023281 Paradigm Genetics Inc. Expressed sequences of arabidopsis thaliana 999 31 Jan ’08
20030167505 Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Cell cycle nucleic acids, polypeptides and uses thereof 2 20 March ’08
20040068767 Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Maize cellulose synthases and uses thereof 6 1 Feb ’08
20040078844 Plant Bioscience Limited

Morphochem AG

Methods and means for gene silencing 3 1 Feb ’08
20020108140 Purdue Research Foundation COMPOSITIONS and METHODS FOR ENHANCING DISEASE RESISTANCE IN PLANTS 35 20 March ’08
20020076775 Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. WRKY transcription factors and methods of use 36 1 Feb ’08
20050055748 Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Stress-responsive genes, regulatory elements, and methods of use for same 14 1 Feb ’08
20040019931 Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc Methods and compositions for modifying oil and protein content in plants 6 1 Feb ’08
20070020637 Research Association for Biotechnology Full-length cDNA 4990 1 Feb ’08
20040010815 Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. Identification and characterization of plant genes 414 1 Feb ’08
20030049814 Syngenta Limited Herbicide resistant plants 4 1 Feb ’08
20030079246 Syngenta Limited Herbicide resistant plants 4 1 Feb ’08
20030135888 Syngenta Participations AG Genes that are modulated by posttranscriptional gene silencing 649 1 Feb ’08
20030145347 Syngenta Participations AG Grain processing method and transgenic plants useful therein 9 1 Feb ’08
20040060084 Syngenta Participations AG DNA comprising rice anther-specific gene and transgenic plant transformed
therewith
6 1 Feb ’08
20050132438 Syngenta Participations AG Novel monocotylednous plant genes and uses thereof 20 1 Feb ’08
20070016976 Syngenta Participations AG Plant genes involved in defense against pathogens 19 1 Feb ’08
20010051713 Syngenta DNA comprising rice anther-specific gene and transgenic plant transformed
therewith
6 20 March ’08
20040219675 Syngenta Nucleic acid molecules from rice encoding proteins for abiotic stresstolerance,
enhanced yeild, disease resistance and altered nutritional qualityand uses thereof
64 1 Feb ’08
20070089201 The Dow Chemical Company

DFB Biotech, Inc.

Plant production of immunoglobulins with reduced fucosylation 12 1 Feb ’08
20040083501 United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture Plant genes that confer resistance to strains of Magnaporthe grisea having
AVR CO39 cultivar specificity gene
5 4 Feb ’08
20040103453 Universitat Zurich

Syngenta Participations AG

Lipoxygenase genes, promoters, transit peptides and proteins thereof 10 4 Feb ’08
20030217389 Washington State University Research Foundation Novel peptides and methods of use 34 4 Feb ’08
20030165870 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Novel sequences of E. coli CFT073 252 4 Feb ’08
20020137139 unknown Nucleic acid and other molecules associated with lactation and muscle
and fat deposition
15122 4 Feb ’08
20030166241 unknown Plant amino acyl-tRNA synthetase 22 20 March ’08
20040006788 unknown Procedures and materials for conferring disease resistance in plants 12 4 Feb ’08
20040060081 unknown Plant genes that confer resistance to strains of magnaporthe grisea havingavri
co39 cultivar specificity gene
8 20 March ’08
20040096875 unknown Novel gene for controlling leaf shapes 2 4 Feb ’08
20040199944 unknown Maize H3C4 promoter combined with the first intron of rice actin, chimericgene
comprising it and transformed plant
3 5 Feb ’08
20060026704 unknown Vector for the production of transplastomic angiosperm plants 5 20 March ’08
20060026721 unknown Plant cellulose synthases 22 20 March ’08
20070060743 unknown Novel nucleic acids and polypeptides 8051 4 Feb ’08