Plant Breeders’ rights are a form of intellectual property rights which allow plant breeders to protect their plant varieties. To be eligible for Plant Breeders’ rights, a variety must be new, distinct, uniform and stable. Once granted, the breeder gets exclusive rights to the propagating material of their variety for a period of 25 years for tree or vine varieties, and 20 years for all other varieties. These exclusive rights include the right to sell, produce and reproduce, import and export propagating material of the variety as well as the right to authorize others to do the same.
Significant amendments have been made recently to Plant Breeders’ rights and the terms of protection. The following is a summary of some of the major changes that came into effect in February of 2015:
These changes were conducted to meet international standards and strengthen the protection of plant varieties.
Our Plant Breeder’s Rights practice group is comprised of highly educated professionals with strong experience in the application, use, licensing and sale of Plant Breeders’ rights. They hold graduate and doctorate degrees in organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular genetics. This expertise allows our group to advise clients on all matters of Plant Breeders’ rights including biotechnology, food science, materials, plant genetics and plant variety. Our clients range from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, as well as various universities.
The following is a list of services that members of our Plant Breeder’s Rights practice group provide: