Sun World International LLC, a variety development and licensing company, has appointed Andrew Simpson as executive vice president/intellectual property.
Simpson, formerly a partner with Sun World’s U.S.-based IP law firm, has been involved in developing the company’s licensing business as well as its IP Portfolio for the past 35 years. He holds a degree in BSc Chemistry at Salford University, Manchester, England, a Juris Doctorate at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and was admitted to the Californian Bar.
Simpson will be responsible for further growing Sun World’s patent and trademark portfolio while working closely with the broader Sun World team to assess risks, enforce rights and help negotiate solutions worldwide. “Our licensee base has grown from a few growers in Spain and South Africa to approximately 1,600 licensees in most of the world’s fruit-producing regions,” says David Marguleas, Sun World CEO. He adds that Simpson’s role emphasizes the growing importance of IP to the Company. “The growth in Sun World’s IP and customer base and the appeal of our varieties and brands worldwide requires us to remain keenly focused on and vigilant in protecting our investment and that of our licensees in proprietary fruit genetics, new varieties and the IP they comprise.”
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