Akron, OH asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois

Q: I am writing a book of pet knowledge and after 50+ years of study i say that the Glofish in the pet shops are fake.

the fiction out there says they are .GMO and are both copyrighted and pattented. Can this be true of a fish?


1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: There are patents on Glofish. See for example, https://patents.google.com/patent/US8378169, which has expired.

Glofish is also trademarked. There are about 37 different trademarks "Glofish" or a variation thereof; I how many of those are associated with the fish.

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