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Patents and Trademarks

A guide to getting started with patent searching and trademark searching.

Getting started with plant patents

Any newly-invented asexually reproduced variety of plant, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state, is eligible for a plant patent. This includes cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, and newly found seedlings.

General Information About 35 U.S.C. 161 Plant Patents

Plant patent indexes

The UVM Plant Patent Collection

The UVM PTRC has a collection of full-color documents of plant patents dating from 1996 to 2023. This collection is located on the ground floor of the Howe Library, in the Government Information area.

  • microfiche: PP1 (8/8/1931) - PP10,167 (12/30/1997)
  • print: PP10,172 (1/6/1998) - present


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