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There are several ways to protect the plants you cultivate.  The costs and legal rights of protection vary from country to country but here is a general overview.


Plant Breeders Rights (PBRs) and Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Certificates

Plant Breeder's Rights are a specialized form of intellectual property protection that allows for the protection of rights for distinct varieties of plants.  While some countries call this type of protection Plant Variety Rights, they are generally the same type of protection and the application process is essentially the same. For the purposes of this website, PBR and PVP are used interchangeably.  For more detailed information, click here...


Patents

Plant Patent in the U.S.

U.S. Plant patents, perhaps most commonly known, are a traditional type of patent protection for asexually reproductive plants. Another option (although the cost is generally higher and the process is generally more cumbersome) is to obtain a utility patent for sexually reproducible plants.

Many people are surprised to learn that there is a "plant breeder's rights" application of sorts available in the United States.The US Department of Agriculture governs a program for Plant Variety Protection.

Click here for our FAQ for Plant Patents in the United States.


Trademarks

Trademark protection can protect and restrict the use of the name of a plant variety you develop or a series of plants under an "umbrella" brand name.

Learn more about trademarks for plant protection: Madrid Protocol, national registration filing vs. common law trademark rights, etc.



Trade Secrets

Internal Trade secret policies are often used to protect proprietary breeding methods and details on the selection process and cross development.

Plants can also be protected via contracts such as Research and Development contracts and Licensing Contracts



Other Types of Protection

More specific types of protection including European Community Plant Variety Protection and conventional patents in countries like Japan are also types of protection that will be explored on this site as this website evolves.

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www.InternationalPlantBreedersRights.com is a plant variety protection resource guide designed specifically for those in the horticulture industry and floriculture industry who are interested in protecting their plants in the global market. The details posted in this site are for information only to serve as a guide for effective business planning and implementation and does not serve as legal advice. 

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