Applying for Plant Variety Protection in Singapore
If you wish to apply for plant variety protection, you should do it at the earliest opportunity as the system in Singapore operates on a first-to-file basis (the first person to file an application will, in general, have priority over others for the same plant variety).
Singapore, is a member of the UPOV Convention , so if you have a corresponding application filed earlier in a UPOV Convention member country, you may claim priority from this first-filed application within 12 months from the date of the first filing. Similarly, if your application is first filed in Singapore, it can be used to claim priority in a corresponding application filed in a UPOV Convention member country, provided that the corresponding application is filed within 12 months from the date of the first-filed Singapore application.
To file your application, you must complete the application form and the technical questionnaire and submit these documents with your payment to IPOS.
You may also refer to the Submission Guidelines below.
- The following images are required:
- Close-up picture of a single flower (attached to inflorescence; taken against a scale ruler)
- Close-up picture of a single inflorescence (attached to plant; taken against a scale ruler);
- A picture of the whole plant (taken against a standard 30cm ruler); and
- Any other picture(s) of the plant or part(s) of plant that will distinguish the variety from other varieties.
- The representative colour photographs of the variety must meet the following criteria:
- The photographs (maximum of five representations) should measure at least 15cm x 10cm;
- The size of the image or object in question should cover as much area of the photograph as possible;
- Printed photographs should have a non-glossy, matt finish;
- Instant photographs taken with a polaroid camera are not acceptable
- Photographs should be taken against a dark or black background, in sufficient light to prevent or minimise distortion to the natural colour of the plant or part(s) of the plant;
- Printed photographs are to be submitted in a water-proof envelope or bag; and
- Photographs must be clearly labelled with the Applicant's name, Contact Number, Proposed Denomination of the new variety, and Date of Application.
Application Process for Plant Variety Protection
Applying for Plant Variety Protection Outside of Singapore
Protection for plant varieties is territorial in nature.
If you wish to obtain protection in countries other than Singapore, you will need to file separate applications in each of these countries as there is no international registration system for plant varieties protection.