Originally Posted by shaggyballs
Do you think it is possible to get it to change sex or go to autoflower before it roots?
Would there be a viable alternative type of prevention?
Not change sex no, auto flower is easy and feminised autos are the easiest line to protect, but they won't be running lines, they will be running specific clones. So they won't want autos. And they'll obviously be female clones, so feminised seeds or regular makes no difference to the clones, so where's the advantage to the lab to make them that way? Unless they release b grade seeds to commercial farmers a la Monsanto.
The stuff sold by the ton to pharma will be their own exclusive clone for repeatable ratios. The way they will protect it is the same way everything of value is protected, high security, legal contracts and lobbying for favourable laws.
Breeders rights etc only apply to stuff that others will get their hands on. And then only restrict visible growers.