We’ve been interested in plant patents for a while at hort.net. It’s fascinating to track them and see what’s in the pipes for floriculture, crop sciences, or landscaping. We realized that it was becoming tedious to monitor this stuff using the standard tools that are out there, so we started populating our own database with plant patent data.
Every Tuesday we report on the past week’s issue plant patents. Right now we just give you the name of the plants that patents were issued for, but we’re extending our database to include:
- inventor (breeder/discoverer)
- patent examiner
- applicant city/state/country
- expiration date
- scientific name
- all plant patents available electronically, back to December 1976
We think it would be interesting to be able to search for all of the patents issued to a given breeder, see which countries are specializing in hybridization of what species, etc.
What features would you like to see? Comment below, and check back every Tuesday to see the latest updates!