Plant Breeders' Rights Office
The Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR) Office will be conducting site examinations during the 2021 growing season. We will be working with provincial public health officials to ensure that all provincial travel requirements are adhered to. If you requested and paid for site examinations last year (2020 growing season), there is no need to submit an updated site examination request form unless the anticipated date for the exam has changed. Any fees for site examinations paid last year, will automatically be applied to this growing season. If you have deferred trials from last year or if you are submitting a new request for the 2021 growing season, please complete the Request for Site Examination Form and Fee Payment Form and submit them to the PBR Office no later than May 1, 2021. If due to Covid-19, you are unable to grow the required PBR trial or unable to accommodate PBR Examiners onsite, please contact us to discuss options to defer the trial until the 2022 growing season. If you have any questions, please contact the PBR Office.
Plant Breeders' Rights 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.
Apply for Plant Breeders' Rights online
You can now apply online for Plant Breeders' Rights in Canada using the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) PRISMA application tool.
What information is available
Information for applicants
- Applying for Plant Breeders' Rights – 3 part process
- Variety naming guidelines
- Varieties: Status of Plant Breeders' Rights applications and grant of rights
- Contact us
Learn about Plant Breeders' Rights
- Overview: Plant Breeders' Rights
- Guide to Plant Breeders' Rights
- Plant Varieties Journal
- Impact UPOV Conventions on Plant Breeders' Rights in Canada
- Changes to the Plant Breeders' Rights Act
The Plant Breeders' Rights Office has collaborated with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in contributing to the first ever section on Plant Breeders' Rights in CIPO's flagship report, the IP Canada Report 2020.
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