When one speaks of an “apple” and patentable technology in the same breath, thoughts naturally turn toward Silicon Valley and Steve Jobs’ storied company. Yet, in Wenatchee, Washington (the “Apple Capital of the World”), and the Yakima Valley, two new patents for apples and their propagation methods may rock the world of consumers and commercial orchardists.
The “WA 38” Apple Variety -
The first is a new variety of apple known only by its patent title, an “Apple Tree Named ‘WA 38.’” A United States plant patent for this apple variety was issued on February 4 (U.S. PP24,210). Research work at Washington State University led to WA 38’s discovery. It is a cross between the patented Enterprise and Honeycrisp apple varieties.
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