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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place.

[Music] Happy Thursday, everybody! Today, we’re diving into the cannabis industry, specifically discussing the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) – the United States version of plant varieties.

The PVPA offers an alternative route for seeking protection for novel plants, vines, trees, and shrubs that have been cultivated, whether in a lab or an outdoor setting, and have not opted for a utility patent. One unique aspect of the PVPA is that it allows protection for tuber plants, such as potatoes, which grow underground. These types of plants can be protected for up to 20 years through the PVPA.

The PVPA sets a higher standard for specimens, requiring the submission of 3,000 seeds of the variety and 3,000 cultured specimens. This extensive sampling helps verify the uniqueness of the plant. If you’re involved in creating new plants, especially in the marijuana industry with its diverse varieties, the PVPA is likely a top choice for plant variety registration.

If you have any questions about this process, please give us a call at [phone number]. We’re putting up publications about how this process works, and we’re willing to work with you side by side to help secure that protection. We aim to assist businesses in exploring various angles, whether through trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, or the PVPA.

Additionally, there’s an international aspect to the PVPA for protection in other countries. When we work together, we hope to help you achieve the protection you need. I’m your host of the Bold Today’s Show, J.D. Houvener. Hope you’ll have a wonderful day – go big, go bold!

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at