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Plant variety rights

It is possible to register and protect new plant varieties in New Zealand.

This protection extends to virtually any kind of plant which fulfills the criteria of being new, distinct, homogeneous and stable. The monopoly afforded to a plant variety right owner includes the exclusive right to produce propagating material of the protected variety. In some cases this monopoly extends to the fruit, flowers or other products of the variety for sale.

For more detailed information on plant variety rights click on the headings below, or visit our plant variety rights 'what we do' page.

Why apply for plant variety rights?
What plant varieties can be protected?
Procedure for obtaining plant variety rights