International Betta Congress Issues GloFish Betta Policy

06 Feb, 2020

The International Betta Congress (IBC) is a worldwide union of Betta-lovers and breeders. It was founded in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Gene Lucas (known as the father of the IBC) and others as a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting bettas and researching them.

The International Betta Congress (IBC) is a worldwide union of Betta-lovers and breeders. It was founded in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Gene Lucas (known as the father of the IBC) and others as a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting bettas and researching them.

via International Betta Congress (IBC)

Official Notice from the Judging Board
05 February 2020

With the advent of GloFish® Bettas coming into the market the IBC is issuing an official policy as to the use of GloFish® Bettas in the IBC and for IBC Shows. Below is the official policy of the use of GloFish®

Electric Green® GloFish® Betta

Electric Green® GloFish® male betta. Image from 5-D Tropicals.

GLOFISH® FLUORESCENT FISH LICENSE NOTICE

GloFish® fluorescent ornamental fish are intended solely for visual enjoyment as aquarium fish by end-users who have purchased these fish through authorized channels, and not for commercial reproduction. Please note the following important information:

These fish are the subject of various intellectual property rights owned or controlled by GloFish LLC, both in the U.S. and internationally.

GloFish® is a trademark owned by GloFish LLC (Registration No. 3,056,697) and cannot be used in connection with the promotion or sale of any ornamental fish other than authentic GloFish® fluorescent fish, which are exclusively produced by Segrest Farms, Inc. and 5-D Tropical, Inc. for sale on behalf of GloFish LLC.

GloFish® fluorescent fish are covered under one or more of the following United States Patent Numbers: 7,834,239; 7,858,844; 7,700,825; 7,135,613; 7,442,522; 7,537,915; 7,150,979; 7,166,444, 8,153,858; 8,232,450; 8,232,451; 8,378,169; 8,581,023; 8,581,024; 8,581,025; 8,975,467; 8,727,554; and 8,987,546, as well as other pending applications.

Intentional breeding and/or any sale, barter, or trade, of any offspring of GloFish® fluorescent ornamental fish is strictly prohibited.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, production of these fish is permitted for educational use by teachers and students in bona fide educational institutions, provided, however, that any sale, barter, or trade, of the offspring from such reproduction of these fish is strictly prohibited.

Any bag, container, or aquarium holding GloFish® fluorescent fish for resale, other than bags provided to end-users, will be marked with either “GloFish® fluorescent fish”, or “GloFish®”, along with the name of the specific line(s) being held (i.e., Starfire Red®, Electric Green®, Sunburst Orange®, etc.). The IBC will honor all agreements that exist with the GloFish® Betta an end-users. As such.

  • GloFish® Bettas are only allowed to be shown in the purchased fish category
  • GloFish® Bettas shown in any other class will be automatically disqualified as it is a violation of the user agreement on reproducing the Glo Betta
  • GloFish® Bettas are not to be auctioned off at any IBC event so that the IBC does not unintentionally violate the sales policy on Glo Bettas.
  • The agreements with the GloFish® Betta manufactures will be honored, and no classes will ever be constructed for GloFish® Bettas unless that class is constructed under the Purchased fish Category at the discretion of the IBC Judging Board.

We at the IBC hope you do understand and honor these agreements. Infractions will be dealt with in an appropriate manner as outlined in the IBC Handbook as needed by the Judging Board and the Executive Board.

Gerald Griffin
Judging Board Chair

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Learn more about the new GloFish Betta the recent press release from Spectrum Brands.

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1 Comment

  1. February 07, 2020

    I’ve been looking through the patent files, and I can’t find anything for bettas. I’ve found a bunch of different colors of zebrafish, and a few tetras and barbs, but I can’t find any that even mention bettas (funnily enough, they mention gouramis, ricefish, and a few others). I’d assume this means that the bettas are not patented, which I would think would mean that we could breed them freely.

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