Plant breeders’ rights

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Plant breeders’ rights protect new varieties of plants. In Europe, there are two systems of plant variety rights protection: the EU-wide Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) and the UK National Plant Variety Rights (UKPVR). There are similar systems in 70 countries worldwide established under the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) — an intergovernmental organisation that has its headquarters in Geneva.

Applications for UKPVR should be made to the Plant Variety Rights Office in Cambridge, UK, which administers the UKPVR and is a part of the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). FERA publishes a helpful Guide to Plant Breeders’ Rights Handbook.

CPVRs are administered by the Community Plant Variety Rights Office (CPVRO) in Angers, France, and applications for CPVRs should be made directly to the CPVRO…

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