Plant Variety Rights

We can help protect the rights granted to the breeder of a new variety of plant, giving the breeder exclusive control over the propagating and harvested material.

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Why apply for plant variety rights?

Applying for Plant Variety Rights (or PVRs) is one way to commercially protect the efforts of a plant breeder and many businesses dependent on the development of new plant varieties file for plant variety rights in New Zealand and overseas.

This protection extends to virtually any kind of plant which fulfills the criteria of being new, distinct, homogeneous and stable. The monopoly afforded to a plant variety right owner includes the exclusive right to produce propagating material of the protected variety. In some cases this monopoly extends to the fruit, flowers or other products of the variety for sale.

Once these rights are granted, the breeder has the exclusive right to:

  • Produce for sale any reproductive material of that variety
  • Sell any reproductive material
  • Propagate the variety for commercial production of produce
  • Authorise anyone to do any of the above

 

Meet our plant variety rights experts

Jason Rogers

Partner

Jason Rogers

As Head of the James & Wells Life Sciences team, and with over twenty-five years’ industry experience, Jason’s expertise includes a diverse array of biotechnology fields. Jason’s focus is on high-end intellectual property strategies for patent, design and copyright rights….

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Dr. Andrew Scott

Partner

Dr. Andrew Scott

Andrew heads James & Wells’ Chemistry team. With a broad background in physics, biochemistry, and chemistry, Andrew has also completed a PhD in synthetic medicinal chemistry and post-doctoral studies in materials science. Andrew is passionate about providing solid, commercially relevant…

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Jared Millar

Senior Associate

Jared Millar

Jared is a member of the Patents Team. He works with a wide variety of clients in numerous industries including animal health and husbandry products, automated dairy technologies, building and construction technologies, fluid applicators, power generation, and vehicle suspensions. He…

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