Re: [tomato] Caspian Pink

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 22:11:52 -0500

>>-"Do not
save this seed.  It is patented, and you will face a fine of $X if you
replant it." <<  I assume this is a Protected variety.  I think the seed
may be saved by individuals but it may not be propagated for sale. There
are plant varieties bearing the PVP suffix and this may be such.  I know
the pepper variety "Jupiter" is so classified. 

I don't think that is a problem.  The USDA has just come up with the
equivalent of patenting new open pollinated varieties for a period of time
and it seems just to compensate those who do this work.  As long as the
seed eventually returns to the public domain there is valid reason for
protecting the original breeder.