Patented vs. Unpatented Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Glendale, CA
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Question by sossiep
December 8, 1999
I see some roses that say they are patented and some are not. Is patented better than the unpatented? Is there a difference as far as looks or life of the plant go?

Answer from NGA
December 8, 1999
Patented roses mean that the breeders have registered their roses so no one else can duplicate them. If you like a particular rose, it doesn't really matter whether or not it's patented. But, if you purchase a patented rose, you cannot legally take cuttings or otherwise propagate the plant. A patented rose simply means that it's an exclusive offering by a particular grower and you must have their permission to propagate it.

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