Varieties listed in our website with a notation of "patented" or "patent-pending" are protected under Federal law.
Regarding Plant Patents and Trademarks
Asexual propagation of patented plants (including any of its parts such as leaves, buds, cuttings, seed, fruit or pollen) is strictly prohibited without the written authorization of the patent holder or the patent holder’s agent. Possession of improperly propagated trees of patented varieties (such as the receipt of trees, budwood or graftwood from unauthorized sources) constitutes infringement, even if an illegal propagation was inadvertent.
The original intent of providing a monopoly to the breeder or his agent, as stated in the historical record of the time, was to foster plant improvement by providing an economic incentive to develop new varieties. As evidenced by the proliferation of new cultivars from plant breeders, the incentive yielded the desired result.
Unfortunately, patent infringement is not uncommon. Often it's due to lack of diligence on the part of both nurserymen and growers to become knowledgeable about patented varieties or the plant patent law in general. And, regrettably, some people just don't play by the rules.
The internet gives the tools of the information age to growers who can easily check the patent status of a variety. Dave Wilson Nursery has endeavored to clearly identify the patented cultivars we offer.
Please contact Robert Woolley if additional information about Dave Wilson Nursery trademarks or patented varieties is desired.