Plant Breeders' Rights Office
DUS Site Examinations
Please note that due to travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, the PBRO will be unable to conduct site examinations from April to the end of June, 2020. Clients who can defer planned PBR trial examinations to the 2021 growing season will be granted a one year grace period. There will be no impact on the status of applications given the benefit of provisional protection. Clients who still intend to plant\grow PBR trials this year for examination later in the season may need to redo their trials in the 2021 growing season should travel restrictions not be lifted by late Summer or early Fall. Please contact the PBRO if you have any questions.
Adjusting service fees for inflation
In order to be compliant with the Service Fees Act passed by the Government of Canada in 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will begin adjusting its fees based on the Consumer Price Index starting March 31, 2020, and on every March 31 going forward. For 2019-2020, the rate of increase will be 2.2%. Please consult the Plant Breeders' Rights Fee Payment form on March 31, 2020 for the new rates.
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
- Plant biosafety
- Variety registration
- UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants)
- UPOV Member countries
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