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PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS

Plant variety rights (PVR) allow you to protect a newly discovered or developed plant variety. Read on to find out more about registering and managing PVRs.

Managing Plant Variety Rights

If you have obtained your plant variety protection, learn on how you can renew, restore or enforce your plant variety right.

Plant Variety Renewal

The term of protection is 25 years from the date of grant, subject to the payment of annual fees. Annual fees are payable every year starting from the end of the first year of grant.

Infringement

The rights of the owner of the protected plant variety are infringed if a party performs any act described in the Scope of Grant of Protection (page 1) without the consent of the owner in respect of the propagating material and/or harvested material of the plant variety. 

Enforcement

The owner of the protected plant variety can take civil legal action against an infringing party, seek relief in the form of an injunction to stop the infringing activities, demand for the profits gained by the infringing party at his expense or seek damages for the loss suffered. 

False Representation

It is a criminal offence to falsely represent a plant variety as protected when it is not.

Form & Fees

Access documents required for filing

Guides

See useful information to aid the filing process

Practice Guidelines & Circulars

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