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Cannabis Patents 2000 – 2019: Trends Following Legalization

Guest Writer: Ian Johnson, Registered Patent Agent, Plant & Planet Law Firm   Introduction Over the past two decades, cannabis has seen increasing public approval, reflected in legalization of medical and recreational marijuana at the state level and federal legalization of industrial hemp. As cannabis and related industries expand, participants are expected to seek competitive […]

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Let’s Talk About Reproduction and How You Will Get Paid

HOW’S THAT FOR A TITLE? YOU’D BETTER READ ON Hubbub Is a Word and It Happened This Week I always get the best blog ideas from questions that come up during the week, and this week was no exception.  A friend of mine whom I haven’t yet met in person (interesting times, these) brought to

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Standing Up to Big Ag

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BECOME BIG AG’S EDIBLE Big Ag Will Have You Conform or Go Under I wrote last week about how Big Ag combines its patent strategies with commodity-market pressures to force farmers to stop growing their own plants and start growing Big Ag’s patented GMO plants or eventually

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Three Rookie Mistakes Plant Patent Applicants Make

COMMON BUT VERY AVOIDABLE MISTAKES IN PLANT PATENTING Protect Those Cultivars, But Do It Right Plant breeders must devote many years and tremendous effort to develop a new plant variety with strong commercial potential.  In order to protect all that effort from illicit copying (propagating), many choose to seek protection under the U.S. plant patent

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Hemp IP After the Farm Bill: Patenting Your Genetics – Powerful, Affordable Protection

Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill has changed the dynamics of the industrial hemp industry in the US and – probably by extension – worldwide.  If you are a hemp breeder or run a seed company and are developing some unique genetics, you may be wondering how you can best structure a nationwide or international

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Why Should I Patent a Plant?

Suppose you are a plant breeder. You know there is significant demand for a table grape that ripens two weeks earlier than anything currently on the market. Who wants to buy grapes imported from half a world away, where the seasons are different, or grapes that have been sitting in storage, if there could be

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What Does It Take to Get a Plant Patent?

Plant patents provide a very important tool for people, companies, and universities to protect each new variety of plant they develop.  Plant patents protect the developer’s exclusive control over asexual propagation of the new variety. For information about the effort that goes into developing a new plant variety, and the importance of plant patents, click

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Strain? Variety? Cultivar? Which is Which?

Although I have degrees in botany and plant genetics and have worked with plant breeders for 20+ years, I recently learned that I have been sloppy in my use of plant-breeding terminology.  Part of that comes from the fact that the truly geeky among us (the professors who make the rules) sometimes change the rules

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