Karl, J. R.
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“Giant pumpkins” is a pseudonym for the orange phenotype of the giant squash. The squash has gotten larger, especially since the 1980′s. It was up to 400 pounds in 1900, 500 pounds in the 1970′s, and 1,000 pounds in 1995. 1,500 pounds were seen with the passage of another 10 years, and a one-ton fruit was announced in 2012.
Atlantic Giant is a pseudonym associated with the giant squash in 1986 (US PVP 8500204), and a 1997-present US trademark. It is a name only, and it is restricted (only since 1997-present). It is not a restriction on the giant squash (never has been). It simply cannot be associated with agricultural seed. It pertains only to agricultural seed, not fruit
DILL’S ATLANTIC GIANT
Not to be confused with Atlantic Giant is “Dill’s” Atlantic Giant, which is a permanent US legal pseudonym for the giant squash, when it produces squash that are approximately 175 pounds, golden orange, oblong, et cetera, according to US PVP 8500204. It is a form of the giant squash, but it is not restricted, except that the name must be used if selling it (was restricted 1986-2004). This is the only restriction on the giant squash. If the squash does not closely fit the description of Dill’s Atlantic Giant, then it is not Dill’s Atlantic Giant. It remains fraudulently marketed as the (general) giant squash by a foreign seed supplier, US seed companies, citizens, and media.
With the unprecedented PVP and trademark came apparently unprecedented (illegal) threats against US marketers of the giant squash by the recipient of the PVP and trademark, which can be clarified by noting the limits of the restrictions. This is easily done by summarizing that at no time has there ever been a restriction (at least in the US) over the giant squash, except for seed producing fruit of the solitary size, shape, and time frame mentioned above. Not only was the restriction marginalized by the size and time frame, but by the reality that at least most of the heaviest squashes throughout the history have originated from the round phenotype, as there is a thoroughly attributed inherent tendency to select it.