Plant Variety Protection Course starts this year on June 18th

News publication date: 10 April 2018

The 21th Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Course will be held from June 18th till June 29th 2018 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This course focus on the implementation of the Plant Breeders' Rights based on the UPOV convention. Do you want to share ideas and experiences? And network with colleagues from around the world working in the field of plant variety? Apply for the PVP Course and register until May 7, 2018.

Plant Variety Protection Course

A strong Plant Variety System can ensure and improve food security in any country. To underline the importance of the rights of plant breeders Naktuinbouw and Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation developed the Plant Variety Protection Course.

This course aims at:
• facilitating the introduction and practical implementation of Plant Breeders’ Rights in countries where legislation on this matter is being developed or has recently been passed;
• a better understanding of how a Plant Variety Protection System works for those who are involved in the registration of new varieties.

Intellectual property rights for plant breeders

The protection of the rights of plant breeders is an important stimulus for the development of better plant varieties. The possibility to claim intellectual property rights on a variety, gives a breeder the exclusive rights to exploit it and to prevent others from doing so illegally. Many countries are therefore developing and implementing a legal framework for the protection of plant varieties in intellectual property rights system.

Besides developing legislation, the implementation of the Plant Breeders' Rights system has far-reaching consequences of a legal, institutional, technical, financial and commercial nature. In this course, participants will learn about these consequences, and about practical ways to implement new regulations.

Course subjects

The following subjects will be introduced through lectures, discussions and working groups:

  • legal aspect: legal framework, requirements of the international Union for the Protection of New Varieties  of Plants (UPOV), other systems, patents, regulations relating to genetic resource use;
  • institutional aspects: procedures and administration, organisational setup, variety registration systems, collaboration and testing;
  • technical aspects: the principle of Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS), practical DUS-testing, UPOV guidelines, field testing, biochemical/molecular techniques, statistics, data analysis, reporting, variety denomination;
  • exploitation of plant breeders rights: enforcing rights, royalty collection, farm saved seed.

Target audience

  • You have a position in the variety registration system or have a position that will give you such responsibilities in the near future;
  • Preferably you are from a country that has recently developed a plant variety protection law or that is currently in the process of developing such legislation.

If you register timely and have been accepted, you will be invited to take part, free of charge, in the Distance Learning Course (DL-205) of UPOV, entitled ‘Introduction to the UPOV System of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention'.

Please register until May 7, 2018

Applying can be done directly at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation.

More information?

Please find more information about this course in the factsheet 

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