For Love of Roses

Red_Roses_PNG_Clipart-1282887684.pngIn Portland, Oregon roses are everywhere. We are not just the Rip City, Bridge City, Stumptown, or Portlandia. We are also the Rose City. During Valentine’s Day, every city becomes Rose City. It is estimated that 189 million stems of roses are sold in the United States on Valentine’s Day.

In a previous blog I wrote about plant patents: I discussed the unique nature of plant patents and how they are controversial in nature (no pun intended). Whether one believes plant patents should exist or not exist, they became in full bloom after 1930 after the passing of the Plant Patent Act of 1930. This piece of legislation made it possible to patent new varieties of plants, excluding sexual and tuber-propagated plants (I’m not a horticulturalist so forgive me for not explaining these plant types further). Long story short after research, lobbying, and famed Thomas Edison testifying before Congress to support this legislation, it passed in 1930.

Then everything was coming up roses…literally. In 1931, Henry F. Bosenberg of New Jersey was issued a patent for his rose plant “New Dawn”, a ‘repeat-blooming climbing rose.’ The USPTO article/blog explains that red roses are the flower most often sent on Valentine’s Day and Fred H. Howard, of Montebello, Calif., received Plant Patent No. 953, for an early hybrid tea rose, on June 20, 1950. Its flower is described as rose red, very appropriate for Valentine’s Day. A more recent patent for a red rose (plant patent no. 11,834), was granted on April 3, 2001 to J. Benjamin Williams, of Silver Spring, Md., for a climbing rose named “Scarlet Star.”

Researchers Moser and Rhode discovered that between 1931 and 1970, nearly half of the 3,010 plant patents granted were for roses. It is believed that the Plant Patent Act of 1930 encouraged creativity and possibility. Maybe they said to their lover, “I’m going to grow the prettiest roses for you, name them after you, and secure a plant patent. That’s right—I do it because I love you.” Or, something like that.

Of course roses existed before the 1930s and so did love. “Ornamental roses have been cultivated for millennia, with the earliest known cultivation known to date from at least 500 BC in Mediterranean countries, Persia, and China. Many thousands of rose hybrids and cultivars have been bred and selected for garden use as flowering plants.”

I am pasting below a graphic of beautiful rose varieties. They are in a compendium (a word I just learned learned:




While romantic- instead of putting a message in a bottle, please email or call us for more information. Our Team at Mohr IP Law loves to build relationships that blossom into the best protection of your intellectual property possible. Surely there will be thorns, but we have experience with those too.

















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