Orchard wins intellectual property case over rip-off blueberry variety
We hear more about rip-offs of art and fashion but plant varieties are also being ripped-off, and a court has sent a message about plant breeders' intellectual property rights.
Mountain Blue Orchards has successfully protected its intellectual property after one of its blueberry varieties was the subject of a protracted legal battle.
The court ordered the company be paid $290,000 in damages to be paid by a grower from the NSW mid-north coast, who was found to have unlawfully obtained, grown and sold a protected berry variety, referred to as Ridley 1111.
- A federal court has found a blueberry grower from the NSW mid-north coast, unlawfully obtained, grew and sold a protected berry variety — Ridley 1111
- The grower has been ordered to pay $290,000 in damages
- Owner of the Ridley 1111 variety, Mountain Blue Orchards wants the case to deter growers from ripping-off patented plants