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Re: Breeders' Rights

  • Subject: Re: Breeders' Rights
  • From: AmberWaveG@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 09:41:05 EDT

A suave person can have the whole patent done by himself for about $1500.00,
start to Finnish. But what do you do then? Unless you have at least a three
year contract with a bunch of large wholesale nurseries there was no point to
start with. H.Tattoo is really the only hosta success story that has been
patented. 80 out of 100 plants being patented today have a shelf life of two
to three years and they are discarded for the new ones year after year. Since
no one can propagate them, who wants them. When you say the word royalty it
can make one think of wealth and riches. Hardly so; the average royalty being
paid today to hybridizers is 10 to 15 cents a plant. They have to sell one
hell of a lot of plants just to make your money back; remember, even if you
have the best agent out there you will still be the one who pays for the
patent, the patent writer, the patent application and the actual patent, if
you are even granted one. All for the grand sum of 10 to 15 cents a plant.
Also there aren't many plant agents even interested in hostas. Oh yes, and
don't forget who is going to enforce all of the laws of the plant patent.
Well, thats too much typing for me.
Have a good day and a better evening.

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