BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ PRESS RELEASE - Charlotte's Web Holdings Inc. announces that Charlotte's Web Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, has been granted U.S. utility patents for its hemp genetics by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The newly issued patents cover two of the company's new feminized seed hybrid hemp varieties developed under the company's breeding program: 'Kirsche' (US Patent No. 10,888,060) and 'Lindorea' (US Patent No. 10,888,059). Lindorea and Kirsche are the world's first two allowed U.S. utility patents reading on feminized hybrid hemp plants.
The company now has earned a total of five U.S. hemp variety patent grants: one plant patent and four utility patents as it advances the science of hemp horticulture.
"Achieving the first patented hemp hybrids demonstrates that it is possible to improve hemp through similar methods as other agronomic crops using natural breeding techniques. We believe that Kirsche and Lindorea are some of the hardiest botanical hemp varietals under cultivation." said Bear Reel, Charlotte's Web vice president of cultivation and R&D and the developer of the new varietals.
Kirsche, having a naturally rich phytochemical profile and good disease resistance, has an excellent plant structure and a flower-to-stem ratio that is compatible with mechanical harvesting innovations. Lindorea, developed for the Kentucky climate, exhibits broad resistance to fungal pathogens in the North and South Appalachian regions but also in the wetter autumn climate in Oregon while delivering record breaking yields.
"The Kirsche and Lindorea U.S. patents represent more than four years of scientific research and trials, and some of the most cutting-edge work being conducted in genetics in the hemp CBD industry today," said Deanie Elsner, Charlotte's Web president and CEO. "Charlotte's Web will continue to advance and protect our prized hemp varietals to build consumer confidence in the consistency of our hemp extract products. This is at the heart of our mission to advance the science of hemp for the greater benefit of the people who choose these products for their wellness needs."