Plant Breeders' Rights Office

Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR) are a form of intellectual property rights by which plant breeders can protect their new varieties in the same way an inventor protects a new invention with a patent.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency administers the Plant Breeders' Rights Act (1990) and Regulations which provide legal protection to plant breeders for new plant varieties for up to 25 years for a variety of tree and vine (including their rootstocks), and 20 years for all other varieties of plants.

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Information for applicants

Learn about Plant Breeders' Rights

Changes to the Plant Breeders' Rights Act

Are you applying for Plant Breeders' Rights? Recent changes to the Plant Breeders' Rights Act are now in effect. Learn about the changes and how they impact you.

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