April 2013 Patent Watch
In April, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the European Patent Office (EPO) published 12 patent applications that concerned new agrochemical compounds, from eight companies and one research institute. Bayer CropScience, Sumitomo Chemical and Syngenta each had two patent applications, while Kumiai Chemical had one in its own right and one joint with Ihara Chemical Industry. There was one application each from Dow AgroSciences, Probelte (Espinardo, Spain), Meiji Seika Pharma and one from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (US). Seven of the patent applications concerned insecticides, while three were for fungicides. There was one herbicide patent and one nematicide patent.