Monsanto issued US patent for 'plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH049609'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 15, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,697,945, issued on April 15, was assigned to Monsanto Technology LLC (St. Louis).

"Plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH049609" was invented by Mark J. Brinkman (Omaha, Neb.), Michael Dragonuk (Steward, Ill.), Kevin D. Eichelberger (Taylorville, Ill.), Chris Eichhorn (Williamsburg, Iowa), Sarah Gehlhar (Williamsburg, Iowa), Gregory J. Holland (Troy, Ohio), Michael A. Josephs (Waterloo, Iowa), Daniel J. Lubich (Marshall, Mo.), Jeffrey L. McElroy (Mahomet, Ill.), Laron L. Peters (Gothenburg, Neb.), Duane A. Potrzeba (Hastings, Neb.), Hector Ramirez de Leon (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Christopher L. Souder (Spencer, Iowa).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH049609. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH049609, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH049609 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH049609."

The patent was filed on April 24, 2012, under Application No. 13/455,052.

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