Plant patents protect inventors of unique plants
"Whoever invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant, including cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, and newly found seedlings, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title." - Title 35 United States Code, Section 161
Plant patents look like other patents, except that they also include specimen pictures in color, such as this:
The PTRC at NMSU has an expansive collection of plant patents that go all the way back to 1997
We can assist you with your plant patent search, and provide you access to the primary resource for Plant Patents in the state of New Mexico. Come by and let us assist you.