August 05, 2019 Feature

Protecting Plant Inventions

Daniel J. Knauss, Erich E. Veitenheimer, and Marcelo Pomeranz

©2019. Published in Landslide, Vol. 11, No. 6, July/August 2019, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Interest in protecting intellectual property (IP) for plant-related innovations has grown in view of the merger of high technology and agriculture, the globalization of food sources, the increasing demand for green energy, the rapid emergence of a legal cannabis industry, and the growing public acceptance of plant biotechnology. This article reviews the variety of ways that plant-based inventions can be protected in the United States, and discusses trends and developments in those legal protections.

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