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The registration of plant breeders’ rights vs registration of varieties for marketing can be confusing. Oktay Simsek clarifies the situation.
Plant breeders’ rights (PBRs) for new varieties and the registration of varieties for marketing are often confused by breeders.
PBRs are related to the protection of a new variety, whereas the registration of varieties for marketing is related to the authorisation for sale of a plant variety in the market.
In other words, PBRs enable breeders to protect their new varieties as IP rights, banning others from using the varieties for a limited period, while the marketing authorisation (MA) allows breeders to launch their varieties into the market.
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