[permaculture] public domain...patentable???

lbsaltzman at aol.com lbsaltzman at aol.com
Mon Jan 21 21:07:16 EST 2008

The big companies have tried before. Somebody tried to patent Basmati rice in India.? I think it was Monsanto, but I am not positive.? They lost their but they may keep trying and who knows they could succeed here with the current Supreme Court.

-----Original Message-----
From: mangodance <bmn at iglou.com>
To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 4:22 pm
Subject: [permaculture] public domain...patentable???

The discussion of patents and heirlooms is puzzling and I'm trying to 
gain clarity.  Is it actually possible to take what would seem to be in 
the public domain and actually patent it...such as an heirloom variety???
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