The New Dawn
It was on this day in 1931 that newspapers were reporting that Louis Schubert and August Rosenberg had the distinction of being the first recipients of a patent for a plant.
The patent was conferred for the first ever-blooming rose, which they named "The New Dawn."
The patentable feature was for its ever-blooming aspect. The new rose was described as identical with the Dr. Van Fleet climbing rose, except that instead of blooming once each year, it bloomed successively like the ever-blooming tea roses.
President Hoover signed the plant patent act on May 23, 1930. The patent for New Dawn was assigned shortly after President Herbert Hoover signed the bill. A plant patent gives the exclusive right to reproduce, use, or sell an invention or discovery throughout the United States for 17 years.