May trials set in two California grape cases

12/18/2012 10:30:00 AM
Coral Beach

The growers contended in their complaint the commission met behind closed doors with USDA and developed a “secret scheme” to allow the three nurseries to profit and to create a revenue stream for the commission via royalty fees. The commission splits the royalties with USDA, with 60% going to the commission’s research and promotional efforts, according to court documents.

All of the growers’ claims in the patent case — except for the question of the validity of the patents in relation to the public domain issue — have previously been dismissed, Moss said.

The case is set for a jury trial of five to seven days, beginning May 14.

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