Do You Know @USPTO April edition: plant patents

Spring has sprung, and it’s a perfect time to grow your knowledge about the living beauty and value of plant patents.  Damian Porcari, Director of the USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office, will moderate a discussion between Dr. Joe Zhou, supervisory patent examiner, Art Unit 1662, and Jessica Stein, Senior Licensing and Business Development Officer, Cornell University Center for Licensing Technology (CTL). The panel will discuss the basics of filing and prosecuting plant patents, best practices in this unique area of the law, and the role and importance of plant patents in the world of horticulture and plant breeding. Register now for this exciting event.

Attendees will gain diverse knowledge including:

  • When to file a plant patent versus a utility patent
  • How the USPTO applies non-obviousness for plant patents
  • How a patent owner proves infringement of a plant patent

Tune in to cultivate an appreciation of the creativity of inventors developing new plant varieties to transform our gardens, homes, and environments.

Register here

For more information, email

Access the recording here.


This event is part of a series: Do You Know @USPTO