Fruit Tree Patents with Jeremy Kent Tamsen

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What fruit trees are illegal to propagate? Learn about fruit tree propagation law with with Jeremy Kent Tamsen of Washington State University. WSU's Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee Washington developed and introduced many new specialty crops over the years, including the popular Cosmic Crisp¬ģ apple.

During the show, we talk about the WA64 naming contest. Here is the naming contest website link

The host of the Orchard People radio show and podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website

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  • (00:00) - Introduction
  • (00:59) - Introducing Jeremy Kent Tampsen: The Expert on Fruit Tree Patents
  • (02:52) - The Intricacies of Fruit Tree Patents and Their Impact
  • (08:22) - Understanding the Process and Cost of Obtaining Plant Patents
  • (12:26) - The Honeycrisp Story: Lessons in Patents and Trademarks
  • (19:41) - Lessons WSU Learned from Honeycrisp on Trademarks
  • (23:11) - List of Patented Fruit Trees
  • (24:25) - How Long it Takes to Get a Fruit Tree Patent
  • (27:07) - Jeremy's Work in Plant Patents
  • (30:23) - Orchard People Sponsors
  • (33:37) - Part 2 of the Episode
  • (34:50) - Is it Legal to Plant Seeds from Patented Apples
  • (39:56) - The Lost Apple Project: Rediscovering Heirloom Varieties
  • (42:56) - Should the Public Have Free Access to Patented Fruit Trees?
  • (46:31) - WA 64: WSU is Introducing a New Patented Apple Tree and Naming Contest
  • (49:28) - What Happens to Test Trees that Aren't Good Enough to Market?
  • (55:44) - Learning More About WSU's Breeding Programs
  • (59:25) - Closing Thoughts and Future Episodes

Creators and Guests

Susan Poizner
Susan Poizner
Author, fruit tree educator, and Creator of the award-winning fruit tree care education website
Fruit Tree Patents with Jeremy Kent Tamsen
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