FAQ - Plant Protection
- What are the options to protect new plants?
- How long is the plant patent term?
- How are new sexually reproduced plants protected?
- How long is the Plant Variety Protection good for?
Any asexually propagated (e.g. grafting, budding, and rooting) plants can be protected by patents. The application is filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
It is 20 years from the date of the application.
Sexually propagated (through seeds) plants are protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA). The application is filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.