Inventor sues 3 Northwest universities over patent

BOISE, Idaho


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A Canadian inventor is suing three Pacific
Northwest universities in federal court, saying they illegally used
his 19-year-old patented process to build a better yellow mustard

In a lawsuit filed in Seattle's U.S. District Court earlier this
year, Soheil Sharafabadi says the University of Idaho used his
patent without permission to produce new varieties of mustard seed
with higher yields.

The lawsuit says Washington State University and Oregon State
University collaborated with the Idaho university, providing
research stations and scientists

All three schools, along with companies that sell and distribute
the seeds, are named as defendants.

Sharafabadi says his patent helped researchers produce seeds
with higher-than-normal levels mucilage, which in plants promotes
water storage and seed germination.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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