Plant Breeder’s Rights

Shelston IP’s dedicated Plant Breeders’ Rights team is responsible for more PBR applications than any other firm in Australia.

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Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) confer exclusive commercial rights to breeders of new plant varieties, allowing a breeder the right to exclude others from a range of activities, including producing and reproducing a protected variety.

Shelston IP’s dedicated Plant Breeders’ Rights team is responsible for more PBR applications than any other firm in Australia.  We understand the strategic and commercial advantages of securing strong IP rights in relation to plant variety innovation and research.

Our team has specialist expertise in plant breeding and biotechnology, and in particular has patent attorneys with industry experience in Agribiotech, PBR rights and plant-based patents.

We have high-level expertise in plant biology including PhD and post-doctoral research experience.  We also employ two of Australia’s only IP professionals to be accredited by the PBR Office as a Qualified Person.  This provides us with unique access to the PBR Office in Australia and the PVR Office in New Zealand.

Our work secures, defends and enforces the rights of individual breeders through to some of the largest commercial operations across the horticultural and agricultural sectors. We can help you:

  • identify which varieties are eligible for PBR protection and select a suitable variety name
  • oversee the PBR application and granting process ensuring all criteria for PBR are met
  • plan and oversee DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) comparative field trials 
  • prepare a detailed variety description

Our team can also:

  • advise on commercial arrangements involving PBR, including licensing and assignment of rights
  • assist in enforcing your PBR rights.