oa De Rebus - Plant breeders' rights act gets teeth - decision of special appeal board

Volume 1997, Issue 351
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Decision of special appeal board - first of its kind The protection of new plant varieties has traditionally been handled by patent agents or patent attorneys. The reason for this was that plant breeders' rights fell under the umbrella of 'intellectual property'. in fact, under the 1952 Patents Act new plant varieties were protect able as 'plant patents'. South Africa got its first Plant Breeders' Rights Act in 1964. This Act was replaced by the present Plant Breeders' Rights Act 15 of 1976 mainly to bring the requirements and protection afforded in South Africa into line with those dictated by the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).

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