Plant Propagation

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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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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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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Protecting Your Cannabis Genetics in Canada and Internationally

Since I live and work in the US, my blog is obviously US-centric.  However, I have helped plant breeders in many different countries obtain IP protection for their cultivars all over the world.  In the US, protection for plant cultivars can be in the form of plant patents, utility patents, and/or USDA PVP registrations.  In

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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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Don’t You Wish You Could Copyright a Plant Variety?

PLANT PATENTS ARE SURPRISINGLY SIMILAR TO COPYRIGHTS You’re a plant breeder.  You have a great cultivar that you want to propagate and sell.  You would really like to put it out there so that all your hard work could pay off and so that everyone could enjoy how great your cultivar is.  Of course, you

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