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Re: Tattoo


>Strange as it may seem, there are many growers who honor a patent 
>simply because it is the right thing to do.

That is true.  But then a lot of people don't rob banks because it is 
the right thing to do.  However, with a hosta or anything else that 
may be patented, the person growing/propagating the plant has to know 
it is patented.  If you buy a hosta at a local nursery it may not have 
a tag that says it is patented.  Also, many plants are patented with a 
different name, or even just a number, then what they are sold under, 
so it can be difficult to look at granted patents and know a 
particular plant is actually patented. Thus, it is easy for someone to 
not know a plant is patented.  As a patent holder you have to make 
sure that the plants that do get sold by either you or licensed 
growers are clearly stated as being patented.  Since most hostas are 
not patented, its easy to assume that any hosta in your yard is also 
not patented.  My main commerical crop is daylilies and few daylilies 
are patented.  However, I do respect patents and just will not grow 
any patented daylilies.  

Joe Halinar

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