Utility Patents

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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NONE: That’s How Much DNA Sequence You Need to Submit A Plant Patent Application

THE PHYLOS FIASCO WAS A WAKE-UP CALL TO BREEDERS DNA Is Not Required For Patenting — Never Has Been In the wake of the Phylos controversy, many are wondering about the need for DNA sequence information in patents.  That’s a complicated question in some ways, because the answer has some layers and explanations to it. 

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Cannabis IP – Why the USPTO is Friendly to Patents and Hostile to Trademarks for Cannabis

FICTION AND FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS & THE USPTO A Juicy Conspiracy Theory That Doesn’t Want To Die Maybe you have heard conflicting and confusing stories about Cannabis intellectual property (IP) and the federal government.  Maybe they don’t make any sense or are even hard to believe.  There are certainly some strange stories out there. One

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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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