what do you think about patented trees/plants?
I'm wondering what other small scale fruit growers think of patent protections for plant/fruit tree varieties? I know basically what the law is, so I'm not asking about the facts. What I'd like to know are your thoughts/opinions. For instance, apart from the fact that it's illegal, how wrong would propagating a patented variety for your own use feel to you (if at all)? Say if you had some sort of special immunity from patent laws, would you have any desire to respect them anyways? If you believe in patenting plants, why do you think it's justified? Are there any justifications beyond pragmatic ones? In other words, is it an ends justifies the means thing, or is there a principle that doesn't depend on any vision of/argument for the best "ends"? If you discovered a valuable variety (following however much experimentation/work) and had the means of patenting it, how would you feel about staking ownership to a variety like that?