UC And Professors Reach Deal In Strawberry IP Dispute

Law360, Los Angeles (September 18, 2017, 8:07 PM EDT) -- Two former University of California Davis professors who were found guilty of infringing strawberry seed patents will have to return certain varietals to the university and give up $2.5 million in future patent inventor royalties under a settlement filed in California federal court on Monday.

UC Davis had accused Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson, agriculture scientists who had directed the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program for decades, of infringing nonpublic strawberry varieties that they took from the school after they retired to start their new venture, California Berry Cultivars LLC.

Terms of the settlement require CBC to return breeding materials related...

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