Scientist and plants

Industrial & Agricultural Biotech

Sterne Kessler’s industrial and agricultural biotechnology team has developed the landmark patents, and won the seminal disputes, in white and green biotech.

Sterne Kessler's team knows the technology — plant and microorganism genetics; molecular biology; cellular biology and genetic engineering; plant growth and development; chemistry; biochemistry; and bioreactor, fermentation and bioprocessing technology. Most team members have related industry experience and are uniquely qualified to help clients with industrial and agricultural biotech innovations.

Innovation associated with industrial biotechnology (white biotechnology) and agricultural biotechnology (green biotechnology) ensure that plants and microorganisms will play a central role in our ability to meet the challenges facing society — feeding and supporting the world's rapidly growing population and reducing our environmental footprint. In short, innovation in industrial and agricultural biotechnology is key to overcoming some of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century — developing sustainable and renewable energy sources; reducing greenhouse emissions and other forms of pollution; increasing crop tolerance to adverse environmental stresses; and increasing agricultural yields, productivity, and nutritive value. Innovations in industrial biotechnology can reduce the depletion rate of vital resources by providing biobased products and materials from renewable feedstocks.

Decades of Experience Producing Results

We have more than 40 years of experience helping companies strategize, build and enforce worldwide biotechnology-driven intellectual property portfolios. An accomplished team, our lawyers, agents and technical specialists have prepared and prosecuted many of the landmark patents in the industry. Further, our team was at the center of the biggest dispute between industrial biotech innovators — delivering a decisive win on behalf of our client.

We counsel a range of companies with products, services and processes directed to, among others:

  • Plant and microorganism genetic and metabolic engineering platforms
  • Genetically modified plants and microorganisms
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Biofuels
  • Industrial enzymes
  • Biopolymers
  • Biobased chemicals, materials, intermediates and products
  • Bioreactor and fermentation technology
  • Downstream processing
  • Bioprocessing
  • Biocatalysts
  • Biorefining
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Food processing