Patents by Inventor William P. Donovan

William P. Donovan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10570414
    Abstract: This invention provides plants having resistance to invertebrate pests. More specifically, this invention discloses a non-natural transgenic plant cell expressing at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta for suppression of a target gene of an invertebrate pest or of a symbiont associated with the invertebrate pest. Also provided are recombinant DNA constructs for expression of at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta, a non-natural transgenic plant containing the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, a non-natural transgenic plant grown from the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, and non-natural transgenic seed produced by the non-natural transgenic plants, as well as commodity products produced from a non-natural transgenic plant cell, plant, or seed of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Edwards Allen, William P. Donovan, Gregory R. Heck, James K. Roberts, Virginia Ursin, Yuanji Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170067076
    Abstract: This invention provides plants having resistance to invertebrate pests. More specifically, this invention discloses a non-natural transgenic plant cell expressing at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta for suppression of a target gene of an invertebrate pest or of a symbiont associated with the invertebrate pest. Also provided are recombinant DNA constructs for expression of at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta, a non-natural transgenic plant containing the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, a non-natural transgenic plant grown from the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, and non-natural transgenic seed produced by the non-natural transgenic plants, as well as commodity products produced from a non-natural transgenic plant cell, plant, or seed of this invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Edwards Allen, William P. Donovan, Gregory R. Heck, James K. Roberts, Virginia Ursin, Yuanji Zhang
  • Patent number: 9528121
    Abstract: This invention provides plants having resistance to invertebrate pests. More specifically, this invention discloses a non-natural transgenic plant cell expressing at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta for suppression of a target gene of an invertebrate pest or of a symbiont associated with the invertebrate pest. Also provided are recombinant DNA constructs for expression of at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta, a non-natural transgenic plant containing the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, a non-natural transgenic plant grown from the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, and non-natural transgenic seed produced by the non-natural transgenic plants, as well as commodity products produced from a non-natural transgenic plant cell, plant, or seed of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Edwards Allen, William P. Donovan, Gregory R. Heck, James K. Roberts, Virginia Ursin, Yuanji Zhang
  • Publication number: 20160304842
    Abstract: The disclosure provides nucleic acid constructs encoding novel chimeric peptides that are useful for nuclear and chloroplast expression of active nitrogenase components including dinitrogenase reductase and dinitrogenase, in plant cells. The disclosure thus provides nucleic acid constructs encoding the chimeric proteins, as well as plant expression constructs comprising the same for expression and/or targeting to the nucleus, plastids, or mitochondria of plant cells. The disclosure also provides methods of use for the novel chimeric peptides that function to provide active dinitrogenase reductase, dinitrogenase, and thus nitrogenase, expressed in plant cells, and plants comprising such nucleic acid constructs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: William P. Donovan, Natalia lvleva, Jeffrey M. Staub
  • Patent number: 8796026
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the isolation and characterization of nucleotide sequences encoding novel insecticidal proteins secreted into the extracellular space from Bacillus thuringiensis and related strains. The proteins are isolated from culture supernatants of Bacillus thuringiensis and related strains and display insecticidal activity against coleopteran insects including Colorado potato beetle (Lymantria dispar) and Southern Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica undecempunctata). Insecticidal proteins encoded by nucleotide sequences that hybridize to the isolated and characterized nucleotide sequences are disclosed. Also disclosed are methods of making and using transgenic cells and plants comprising the novel nucleotide sequence of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: James A. Baum, Judith C. Donovan, William P. Donovan, James T. Engleman, Karina Krasomil-Osterfeld, John W. Pitkin, James K. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8410334
    Abstract: This invention provides a non-natural transgenic plant cell expressing at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta for suppression of a target gene of an invertebrate pest or of a symbiont associated with the invertebrate pest, recombinant DNA constructs for expression of at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta and methods of use thereof, a non-natural transgenic plant containing the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, a non-natural transgenic plant grown from the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, and non-natural transgenic seed produced by the non-natural transgenic plants, as well as commodity products produced from a non-natural transgenic plant cell, plant, or seed of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Edwards Allen, William P. Donovan, Gregory R. Heck, James K. Roberts, Virginia Ursin, Yuanji Zhang
  • Patent number: 7772369
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel insecticidal polypeptides, and compositions comprising these polypeptides, peptide fragments thereof, and antibodies specific therefor. Also disclosed are vectors, transformed host cells, and transgenic plants that contain nucleic acid segments that encode the disclosed ?-endotoxin polypeptides. Also disclosed are methods of identifying related polypeptides and polynucleotides, methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising these polynucleotide sequences, as well as methods for controlling an insect population, such as Colorado potato beetle, southern corn rootworm and western corn rootworm, and for conferring to a plant resistance to a target insect species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Rupar, William P. Donovan, Chih-Rei Chu, Elizabeth Pease, Yuping Tan, Annette C. Slaney, Thomas M. Malvar, James A. Baum
  • Patent number: 7662940
    Abstract: Nucleic acid sequences and insecticidal proteins encoded from these sequences are provided. Insecticidal proteins encoded by large operons situated within the primary sequence of large extrachromosomal plasmids present in Bacillus thuringiensis are disclosed. Methods for making transgenic plants resistant to insect infestation as a result of expression of one or more of these proteins is disclosed. Bacillus thuringiensis strains exhibiting broad host range insecticidal specificity are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: James A. Baum, William P. Donovan, Brian B. Hauge, Thomas J. LaRosa
  • Publication number: 20090270327
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against lepidopteran insects. Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis genes and their encoded crystal proteins, as well as methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: James A. Baum, Chih-Rei Chu, William P. Donovan, Amy J. Gilmer, Mark J. Rupar
  • Patent number: 7572587
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel ?-endotoxin, designated CryET29, that exhibits insecticidal activity against siphonapteran insects, including larvae of the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), as well as against coleopteran insects, including the southern corn rootworm (Diabrotica undecimpunctata), western corn rootworm (D. virgifera), Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), and red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum). Also disclosed are nucleic acid segments encoding CryET29, recombinant vectors, host cells, and transgenic plants comprising a cryET29 DNA segment. Methods for making and using the disclosed protein and nucleic acid segments are disclosed as well as assays and diagnostic kits for detecting cryET29 and CryET29 sequences in vivo and in vitro.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Rupar, William P. Donovan, Yuping Tan, Annette C. Slaney
  • Patent number: 7534939
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against lepidopteran insects. Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis genes and their encoded crystal proteins, as well as methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: James A. Baum, Chih-Rei Chu, William P. Donovan, Amy J. Gilmer, Mark J. Rupar
  • Publication number: 20090098099
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against lepidopteran insects. Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis genes and their encoded crystal proteins, as well as methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: James A. Baum, Chih-Rei Chu, William P. Donovan, Amy J. Gilmer, Mark J. Rupar
  • Publication number: 20090094714
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel insecticidal polypeptides, and compositions comprising these polypeptides, peptide fragments thereof, and antibodies specific therefor. Also disclosed are vectors, transformed host cells, and transgenic plants that contain nucleic acid segments that encode the disclosed ?-endotoxin polypeptides. Also disclosed are methods of identifying related polypeptides and polynucleotides, methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising these polynucleotide sequences, as well as methods for controlling an insect population, such as Colorado potato beetle, southern corn rootworm and western corn rootworm, and for conferring to a plant resistance to a target insect species.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Mark J. Rupar, William P. Donovan, Chih-Rei Chu, Elizabeth Pease, Yuping Tan, Annette C. Slaney, Thomas M. Malvar, James A. Baum
  • Patent number: 7504229
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against coleopteran insects including red flour beetle larvae (Tribolium castaneum) and Japanese beetle larvae (Popillia japonica). Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis crystal toxin genes, designated cryET33 and cryET34, which encode the colepteran-toxic crystal proteins, CryET33 (29-kDa) crystal protein, and the cryET34 gene encodes the 14-kDa CryET34 crystal protein. The CryET33 and CryET34 crystal proteins are toxic to red flour beetle larvae and Japanese beetle larvae. Also disclosed are methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: William P. Donovan, Judith C. Donovan, Annette C. Slaney
  • Publication number: 20080274502
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against coleopteran insects including red flour beetle larvae (Tribolium castaneum) and Japanese beetle larvae (Popillia japonica). Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis crystal toxin genes, designated cryET33 and cryET34, which encode the colepteran-toxic crystal proteins, CryET33 (29-kDa) crystal protein, and the cryET34 gene encodes the 14-kDa CryET34 crystal protein. The CryET33 and CryET34 crystal proteins are toxic to red flour beetle larvae and Japanese beetle larvae. Also disclosed are methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: William P. Donovan, Judith C. Donovan, Annette C. Slaney
  • Patent number: 7442540
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel insecticidal polypeptides, and compositions comprising these polypeptides, peptide fragments thereof, and antibodies specific therefor. Also disclosed are vectors, transformed host cells, and transgenic plants that contain nucleic acid segments that encode the disclosed ?-endotoxin polypeptides. Also disclosed are methods of identifying related polypeptides and polynucleotides, methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising these polynucleotide sequences, as well as methods for controlling an insect population, such as Colorado potato beetle, southern corn rootworm and western corn rootworm, and for conferring to a plant resistance to a target insect species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Rupar, William P. Donovan, Chih-Rei Chu, Elizabeth Pease, Yuping Tan, Annette C. Slaney, Thomas M. Malvar, James A. Baum
  • Publication number: 20080229449
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against lepidopteran insects. Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis genes and their encoded crystal proteins, as well as methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: James A. Baum, Chih-Rei Chu, William P. Donovan, Amy J. Gilmer, Mark J. Rupar
  • Publication number: 20080201801
    Abstract: This invention provides plants having resistance to invertebrate pests. More specifically, this invention discloses a non-natural transgenic plant cell expressing at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta for suppression of a target gene of an invertebrate pest or of a symbiont associated with the invertebrate pest. Also provided are recombinant DNA constructs for expression of at least one invertebrate miRNA in planta, a non-natural transgenic plant containing the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, a non-natural transgenic plant grown from the non-natural transgenic plant cell of this invention, and non-natural transgenic seed produced by the non-natural transgenic plants, as well as commodity products produced from a non-natural transgenic plant cell, plant, or seed of this invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Edwards Allen, William P. Donovan, Gregory R. Heck, James K. Roberts, Virginia Ursin, Yuanji Zhang
  • Patent number: 7385107
    Abstract: Disclosed are transgenic plants, seeds, and progeny from such plants comprising novel nucleic acid sequences encoding both CryET33 and CryET34 crystal proteins. The novel nucleic acid sequences comprise SEQ ID NO:11. CryET33 and CryET34 crystal proteins comprise SEQ ID NO:3 and SEQ ID NO:4 and exhibit insecticidal activity against coleopteran insects including red flour beetle larvae (Tribolium castaneum) and Japanese beetle larvae (Popillia japonica).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Monsanto Technologies LLC
    Inventors: William P. Donovan, Judith C. Donovan, Annette C. Slaney
  • Patent number: 7332594
    Abstract: Disclosed are Bacillus thuringiensis strains comprising novel crystal proteins which exhibit insecticidal activity against lepidopteran insects. Also disclosed are novel B. thuringiensis genes and their encoded crystal proteins, as well as methods of making and using transgenic cells comprising the novel nucleic acid sequences of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: James A. Baum, Chih-Rei Chu, William P. Donovan, Amy J. Gilmer, Mark J. Rupar