This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Some years ago there was an urgency in some quarters that "patent rights" should be given for new fruits, and the Gardeners' Monthly was not kindly spoken of, because it could not conscientiously advocate the measure. It could not advocate it, not because it did not think discoverers of new things should not be adequately or abundantly rewarded, but because it could see no way under existing patent laws by which the introducer of a new fruit could be protected as patentees usually are.
The way was however open to try it who choosed, as it was fully competent for any one selling a plant to stipulate that it should be only grown by the owner and not propagated for sale.
The Niagara grape company, which invested a large sum in this excellent variety, tried the method, and sold with the proviso that no one should have any interest in the cuttings, but in the fruit only, until 1888; but they have now concluded to abandon this restriction, and those who conclude to buy may, in the spring of 1885, become absolute owners of the vines.