Key Player: National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
The National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS) is a Japanese government research institute located in Ibaraki, Japan. Their primary focus is on creating industries that increase agricultural productivity and demands for agricultural products. NIAS is the assignee of 19 granted patents that recite rice sequences in claims; second only to DuPont in number of patents. At the time that this landscape was completed, NIAS is also the assignee on eight pending patent applications that recite rice sequences in the claims.
NIAS also played a role in the sequencing of the rice genome.