PBR time and costs

The average time for plant breeder’s rights registration is two and a half years. You will need to submit Applications part 1 and 2 and hire a qualified person (QP) to assist with a growing trial. There are fees at various stages of the process.

Timeframes

The registration process can take just under a year, or over 10 years, depending on the species you are breeding. The growing trials take time to complete and are different for particular species. Average registration time for wheat varieties is close to two years. For rose varieties it is around two and a half years, apples average just over five years and mangoes can take as long as 10 years.

Once full protection has been awarded, it lasts for up to:

This is provided you pay the annual fee and obey any conditions placed on the variety. Non-payment can result in your application being revoked, and protection is lost.
Once your plant breeder’s right has expired, is surrendered by you or is revoked, the variety reverts to the public domain and is available to everybody. The limited duration of rights ensures a balance between private and public interest.

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