Here’s something sort or random that I wonder about from time to time. Why do we have a separate category of plant patents? In other words, is there any good explanation for why a separate statute governing plant patents was enacted, and is there any valid reason for treating plants differently from other utility patents? It is a curiosity in that we use the same patent requirements for all other functional inventions. (Design patents are distinct and have their own issues, but leave that aside). Plant patents are probably an inadequately theorized subject, for anyone who is looking for a topic.