The albion strawberry patent was filed on January 29, 2004 and then later published on August 4, 2005. Here’s the publication number: US20050172374 P1. Here’s the application number: US 10/769,471.
The strawberry plant variety was invented at the University of California, Davis by Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson. UC Davis is renown for strawberry research and is reported to have made $50 million in royalties from 2004 to 2013. Most of the strawberries we eat everyday have some kind of connection or tie with UC Davis.
The “albion” was invented in 1997, where is was crossed with a Diamante’ variety and an advanced selection Cal 94.16-1. It first fruited at the UC Wolfskill Experimental orchard in 1998.
So what makes the “albion” distinct? It’s similar to the Diamante in that it’s a day-neutral, everbearing variety; however, you’ll find that the albion strawberry plant has “higher quality fruit, lower cull rate, darker fruit, and substantially better resistance to Phytophthora cactrum…”
For more information and to read the entire patent, click here.