Before dinner, Carlos and Eddie watch a little TV. The Simpsons is on. It's the episode when Homer crosses tomato and tobacco seeds, sprinkles in a little radioactive goodness, and creates "tomacco." Looks like a tomato on the outside, filled with tobacco on the inside.
Could Homer's creation be patented if it were real? What Do You Think?
Yes, Homer's tomacco could be patented if it were real. Plants that are the result of human intervention are eligible for patent.
Did you know that someone has created and patented a watch for dogs that calculates dog time? See this and other interesting patented inventions at Totally Absurd Inventions.
Patents protect functional things and designs, processes, or new plants that are the result of human intervention.
Unlike copyrights, patents must be registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office if you want to protect your creations.