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Just got a Burpee seed catalog and was going thru the tomato and pepper seeds...
It looks like they take an OP variety, rename it ( for example Shish!to and call it Dragon Roll Hybrid or Bishops Cap and call it Mad Hatter Hybrid) call it a hybrid and charge a lot for the seeds.
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Just got a Burpee seed catalog and was going thru the tomato and pepper seeds...
It looks like they take an OP variety, rename it ( for example Shish!to and call it Dragon Roll Hybrid or Bishops Cap and call it Mad Hatter Hybrid) call it a hybrid and charge a lot for the seeds.
You are absolutely correct.

I gave up on Burpee several decades ago. And there are some threads here at Tville,I'm not going to try to find them, where several customers called them and said they were confused with some of the names they were using that were knock-offs of
legitimate variety names.

And one of those who called I know was Bill Jeffers.

Here's some history for you

https://www.google.com/search?q=Hist...&bih=815&dpr=1

I think many knew them after WWII when they encouraged many to plant what they called Victory Gardens, meaning veggies,not flowers.

I still have a Burpee catalog that my then neighbor gave to me and it says on the cover,in huge red letters,Victory Garden Seeds.

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Just got a Burpee seed catalog and was going thru the tomato and pepper seeds...
It looks like they take an OP variety, rename it ( for example Shish!to and call it Dragon Roll Hybrid or Bishops Cap and call it Mad Hatter Hybrid) call it a hybrid and charge a lot for the seeds.
Is that even legal?
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Is that even legal?
See above, my post #2.

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Is that even legal?
Good question. I doubt there is any attorney general who would sue them on behalf of the state in civil court, nor pursue criminal charges. That would leave the option of a civil suit by an individual. However, the catch is the rule that "damages must be foreseeable." And that would limit your damages to the cost of the seed packet. So it is not worth pursuing.
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I do realize they have legitimate hybrids (Orange Slice, Big Mama, etc) but it's pretty much blatant renaming of OP varieties as their own F1 hybrids... Wow!
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