How can I qualify?
To qualify for Plant Breeder Rights (PBR), a variety must be new, distinct, unique, and stable. The breeder must also give the variety an acceptable "denomination", which becomes its generic name and must be used by anyone who markets this variety.
How the process works
Typically, plant variety rights (PVR) are granted by national offices after examination. Seeds are submitted to the plant variety office, where it is grown for one or more seasons to check that it is distinct, stable, and uniform.
If these tests are passed, exclusive rights are granted for a specified period. Annual renewal fees are required to maintain the rights.
Patent rights and plant breeder's rights can sometimes overlap, causing tension or disputes.