Pioneer Hi Bred International issued US patent for 'maize hybrid X03C220'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 8, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,692,089, issued on April 8, was assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc (Johnston, Iowa).

"Maize hybrid X03C220" was invented by Edwin Michael Grote (Milton, Wis.), Todd Elliott Piper (Mankato, Minn.), Jay Robert Hotchkiss (Brookings, S.D.), Jennifer Ann Tarter (Champaign, Ill.), Wade Eugene Odland (Algona, Iowa) and Joseph Kevin Gogerty (Algona, Iowa).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A novel maize variety designated X03C220 and seed, plants and plant parts thereof, produced by crossing Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary inbred maize varieties. Methods for producing a maize plant that comprises crossing hybrid maize variety X03C220 with another maize plant. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X03C220 through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby. This invention relates to the maize variety X03C220, the seed, the plant produced from the seed, and variants, mutants, and minor modifications of maize variety X03C220. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from maize variety X03C220."

The patent was filed on Feb. 15, 2012, under Application No. 13/396,641.

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