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  Re: [Aroid-l] Trademark Names
From: Tony Avent tony at plantdelights.com> on 2006.11.26 at 14:55:53(14860)

You brought up an interesting point about names. Internationally,
there can only be one valid cultivar name for a plant...not one for the
US and one for Europe. The improper dual plant naming is caused
primarily by people who either don't understand or are trying to
illegally circumvent trademark law. I understand that the EU Plant
Varieties Act actually requires a new plant to have a non-sensical
cultivar name which isn't a real word. If so, this violates the entire
spirit of the International Nomenclature Code. If this is true, I find
it bizarre that members of the International Nomenclature Code
committee haven't put an end to this terrible practice. Wilbert...feel
free to chime in. If you would like to read more about this problem,
you can find my article, The Trademark Myth at
Tony Avent

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