species names & reg. Trademark?

Peter Schuchert schuchert at UBACLU.UNIBAS.CH
Mon Feb 3 09:00:14 CST 1997

dear collegues
This weekend I saw on a milk box an advertisement for a dairy product
containing Lactobacillus reuteri. Nothing special so far, only the species
name was followed by an ominous symbol for registered trademark! I was
horrified. Do I have to patent my newly described animals?
Can species names be protected trademarks? I thought that species names are
the property of all.

PS: I will certainly not buy this product!

PD Dr Peter Schuchert

University of Basel
Rheinsprung 9
CH-4051 Basel  Switzerland
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