Thursday, February 9, 2017

You probably never thought of the perennials as inventions, have you?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office grants different types of patents: utility, design and plant. Plant patents specifically cover certain types of asexually reproduced plants, often decorative plants and fruit trees (Think: taking clippings and rooting them vs. starting plants from seeds).
 One of the large areas for activity in terms plant patents is roses.
 In 2016, the USPTO granted 80 plant patents for new and distinct roses, and since the 1930s, the office has issued nearly 6,000 plant patents overall.
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