Plant varieties protection

Plant breeders' rights and plant varieties rights are forms of IP protection designed specifically to allow plant breeders to protect new varieties of plants. Any plant genera or species can be protected in this way, including agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plants. To qualify for protection, a new plant variety must be distinct, uniform and stable.


We obtain plant variety protection for clients around the world, either directly or with support from our trusted network of associate firms.


Plant breeders' rights and plant varieties rights are distinct from patents and trade marks and many jurisdictions do not grant patent protection for plant varieties. In Europe, for example, under the European Patent Convention (EPC), plant varieties are excluded from patentability. Plant breeders' rights and plant varieties rights allow breeders to obtain IP protection for a particular plant variety and therefore offer legal protection for the investment plant breeders make in breeding and developing new varieties.

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Partner

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