Premiums and discounts for plant patents and trademarks used on ornamental plant cultivars: A hedonic price analysis

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Abstract

The value and role of intellectual property (IP) rights pertaining to plant innovations and their economic consequences on plant values is largely unknown. A hedonic pricing model was adapted to the characteristics of the U.S. wholesale ornamental plant market, specifically the bedding, garden plant and nursery plant markets, to analyze two forms of IP rights used on plants (i.e., plant patents and trademarks). By controlling plant-specific attributes and a variety of market variables that might affect plant values, our empirical analysis reveals sizable price premiums for plant patents that may have been masked in other studies. As expected, plant patent premiums vary considerably between species where the costs of producing and marketing new cultivars differ greatly. Surprisingly, we find that the use of trademarks have a negative effect on plant prices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-887
Number of pages9
JournalHortScience
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

Keywords

  • Intellectual property
  • Marketing
  • Ornamental plants

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