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I do not know anything about plant patents other than the page at the USPTO web site I just read, but I can answer for utility patents. A utility patent may have a very detailed description of a "preferred embodiment" but the claims are, almost always, broader than that specific item. Many things that are very different from the described ...


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I'm not an expert in medicinal plants, so I'll address your second question about how patents generate money. First, for companies that actually make and sell things, patents are valuable in that they protect the company from competition. If you can prevent competitors, presumably you can sell more product, possibly at a higher price. Patent holders can also ...


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This is not a plant patent but if it were, to add to George's comment above, in the US there are idiosyncratic rules specifically related to patents on plants. Title 35 U.S. Code § 161 "Whoever invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant, including cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, and newly found seedlings, ...


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