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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You can now apply online for Plant Breeders' Rights in Canada using UPOV PRISMA. The online application tool allows you to submit applications electronically to participating countries.

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