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Types of Patent Protection: Plant Patent

Plant Patents

A plant patent is granted by the USPTO for the term of 20 years from the filing date to anyone who has invented or discovered and asexually reproduced a distinct and new variety of plant (other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state).

Bibliographic Data

Patent number

Issue Date



Application number and date

Classification information

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Many plant patents are accompanied with beautiful color photographs.

Other IP Protection for Plants

Seeds and tubers are not covered by plant patents.  They are, however, protected by certificates provided by the USDA under the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA).

Tiarella plant named `Pink Brushes`