Most people are aware of patents for inventions or processes. You may think of things like the electric light bulb or the internal combustion engine, for example. There is another category of patents, however, which is related to the natural world. You can obtain a patent for plants. According to the New York State Library website, plant patents “may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.”
Patent lawyers in NYC have long worked with clients to obtain plant patents, as well as patents for inventions and processes. Here are a few of the more interesting plants to be patented in the United States.
Hybrid Tea Rose
Don’t you hate it when you put a rose up to your face and inhale the sweet smell of . . . nothing? This tea rose, patented in 2016, features a strong fragrance and deep red flowers. This recent patent would add a touch of elegance to any bouquet.
Clematis Named Kugotia
If you are looking for a touch of yellow sunshine in your garden, this is the variety of clematis to plant. This variety, patented in 1997, features bright yellow flowers and blooms from July through October. You could have golden leaves on your trees and golden flowers on your clematis in September and October, making your garden glow yellow.
Strawberry Named Opera
Just as an opera aria ends on a high note, so does this strawberry cultivar. These strawberries ripen at the same time and feature a beautiful, bright red fruit. You will sing about the abundance of this fruit as it all comes in at the perfect moment, ready for harvesting.
Sand Cherry Plant
Who doesn’t love the cherry blossoms in springtime? This variety of the sand cherry plant, patented in 2016, is a hardy variety that is less subject to common diseases than other cherry plants. It also features purple-tinted leaves, so even when it’s not blooming, this cherry plant draws the eye.
Patent law covers more than the technology in your smart phone, as you can see. All through parks, gardens and landscapes you can see the results of some of the thousands of plant patents issued in the United States. Plants that resist drought and disease, produce more or larger fruit, or just look more pleasing to our eyes are often patented by dedicated plant scientists.
Among the hustle of a busy city, patent law in NYC may cover the yields of the earth, as grown and perfected by human hands.