SIPA Staff


Executive Director – James Weatherly

As Executive Director of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance, James Weatherly brings to SIPA extensive experience protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights both in the United States and internationally. As a Registered US Patent Attorney, James has obtained patents, Plant Breeders Rights, Plant Variety Protection, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, licenses and set up trade secrets policies. James has managed a variety of legal matters related to the agriculture and plant industry, including trait based and seed based agronomic patents, plant patents, United States Plant Variety Protection, and Plant Breeders Rights in North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia, as well as Federal Seed Act issues. James has successfully prosecuted the registration of trademarks and services marks in North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia for the fruit, vegetable, seed crop, horticulture and grass industries. James has also managed various intellectual property litigation matters in Federal and State Court in the US, as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.

James served as an Agriculture Volunteer in the Republic of Haiti with the United States Peace Corps where he worked for an agriculture laboratory working to improve agricultural production in Haiti. James also worked for the USDA’s Rocky Mountain Research Station conducting research in natural resources. James has a Master’s degree in Botany with an emphasis in microbiology.

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