Plant breeder’s rights and patents

Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ was awarded plant breeder’s rights by the Community Plant Variety Office in Angers under file number 20092136.

Having been allocated plant breeder’s rights means that Mahonia ’Soft Caress’ cannot be propagated in any way whatsoever without compensating the plant’s owner with an amount per plant. ItSaul Plants in Alpharette, Georgia in the United States is the owner of Mahonia ’Soft Caress’. In Europe, however, the interests of ItSaul with regard to this mahonia cultivar are promoted by CNB New Plants in Lisse, The Netherlands. This organisation has determined that no party may propagate Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ without a valid licensing agreement.

In the United States, a plant patent comparable to the plant breeder’s rights in Europe has been issued for Mahonia ’Soft Caress’ under number: 20183.