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Title

International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

Date of this Version

2014

Document Type

Article

Citation

Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary (PASSeL) Lesson

Comments

Copyright © 2014 Anthony Parker and Deana Namuth-Covert. Used by permission.

This project was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, administered by the University of California-Davis and by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, National SMETE Digital Library Program, Award #0938034, administered by the University of Nebraska. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USDA or NSF.

Abstract

Overview of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). The eLesson will explain the key elements of the 1991 UPOV Convention and the importance of intellectual property protection to encourage investment and innovation in plant breeding.

Overview/Objectives

This eLesson is designed to provide plant breeders and associated professionals with a basic understanding of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). The concepts covered by this section include: the purpose of the UPOV convention, eligibility criteria for protecting a new plant variety, understanding the exclusive rights of the breeder as well as key exemptions, and the benefits of the UPOV system to promoting innovation in plant breeding.

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the over-arching intent or purpose of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).
  2. List and explain the key eligibility criteria for a new variety to receive protection under the UPOV framework.
  3. List and explain the exclusive rights of the breeder as well as key exemptions to those rights.
  4. Explain key benefits of the UPOV framework that supports investment in plant breeding and contributes to agricultural sustainability and food security.

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