plant patent

Definition of "plant patent"
  1. A legal protection lasting 20 years given for new asexually reproducing plant strains, with some sexually reproduced varieties also covered under the Plant Variety Protection Act of 1970 for 18 to 25 years
How to use "plant patent" in a sentence
  1. Her unique rose hybrid earned her a plant patent.
  2. With his plant patent, the botanist ensured exclusive rights to his asexually reproduced pear tree.
  3. The gardener's crossbred tulips might qualify for a plant patent.

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