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Jun 9, 2014 8:14 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Well, that's an interesting concept! First off, I would say that the price WOULD increase! If vendor "A" hybridizes, patents, grows and sells his "Star Creation", he would have "legal rights" to that name, and that iris, as far as propagation and sales, go....but If I but the plant from him, as an individual, I can grow and pass along that plant to all my friends, and who would be the wiser? It WOULD stop vendor "B" from buying one from "A", and re- selling all the babies, I suppose, as happens a LOT now, or at least the original Hybridizer could perhaps get "royalties' on his creation, when "B" sells it. I have talked to several vendors about this issue, in respects to how they fell, and how it affects their business, when an iris is "passed along" between gardeners, or sold through "fund raising" type sales. Everyone hates to see iris vendors "go out of business" ( we are losing lots of those who grow, or grew, the older, Historic iris), but we all are willing to "share " our plants to our friends! Thus taking away their potential customers! And looking at it from the "hybridizers" viewpoint, their creation might make them some money in the first few years, maybe a lot, but probably just a little , after expenses, but then they watch their creation passed along, and possibly sold( with the profits going in someone else's pocket!), leaving them with only the "notoriety " of having created it! And your name in ( ) after the name of the iris won't put many beans on the table! The thought of patents for iris is, I'm sure, not a new one, after all, roses, and other plants, are often patented, but I think iris are much easier to "pass along" than a start from a rose....Arlyn

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