[NAFEX] Pixie Crunch apple scionwood - Not
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Jan 25 09:04:42 EST 2007
Dr. J. Moore at the U. of Arkansas took the attitude that a grower who
propagated for his own use, not for sale, gave more in advertising than
in royalties. So if a grower was simply increasing stock for their
personal use, there were no royalties. I think Dr. Moore was right,
because word of mouth among growers pushed the reputation of the
Reliance grape much farther than it might have gone otherwise.
I feel the same way. Goodwill from letting a grower increase their own
stock without paying royalties will gain you more in the long run than
being a stickler for collecting the propagation fees.
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On Jan 25, 2007, at 5:57 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
You can do an online patent search to discover who holds a patent, and
I had little luck in contacting the patent holder for Titania
blackcurrant. He had no idea how to handle a single individual, or
establish a straight forward royalty fee.
I just wanted to propagate a couple more bushes (for myself) from the
single plant I had purchased from a nursery. Having read all the NAFEX
posts on patents I thought I would try to honor the patent.
Possibly he was the exception. In my limited experience, patent
holders are interested in the large producers, not the individual
propagating for their own limited, personal use. I think we are more
of a bother than we are worth to them.
I am not saying to abuse a patent, just stating the realities I ran
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