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Question hanging over whether new plant breeding techniques are GMOs
  • Keller and Heckman LLP
  • European Union
  • June 27 2018

Should organisms developed through new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) be considered GMOs under EU law and be subject to the strict GMO approval


Australian Plant Breeders’ Rights to be significantly strengthened
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia
  • June 21 2018

Significant changes to the regulation of Australian plant breeders’ rights ("PBR") are currently before the Federal Parliament. Those changes are


How cannabis brand owners can cover their buds with plant breeders' rights
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada
  • April 16 2018

The federal government is moving quickly towards legalising the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. Although Canada's


USDA Clarifies Position on Plant Breeding Innovation, Including Gene Editing in Plants
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2018

Yesterday, USDA formally announced that it “does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants” created using new breeding techniques, such as


Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part II): how cannabis brand owners can cover their “buds” with plant breeders’ rights
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada
  • March 5 2018

The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However


EU Court Offers Preview of Potential Regulatory Approach for Gene Edited Plants
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA, European Union
  • February 15 2018

Late last month, an advisor to the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an opinion recommending that plants produced using innovative


Proposed changes to the Plant Breeder’s Rights system
  • Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Australia
  • November 29 2017

In October 2017, IP Australia released an Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part


Word on the grapevine - Plant Breeder’s Rights Office expands definition of “vine”
  • Griffith Hack
  • Australia
  • November 17 2017

The definition of what a Vine is when it comes to plant breeder's rights has been expanded following submissions by Griffith Hack on behalf of a


Protecting New Plant Varieties Under Thai Law
  • Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Thailand
  • November 29 2016

In Thailand, plant varieties are protected under the Plant Varieties Protection Act B.E. 2542 (1999) (Act), which is administered by the Ministry of


Patents for new plant varieties in Europe
  • KASS International
  • European Union
  • August 26 2015

A common dilemma amongst plant breeders is how to protect their new plant variety. In general, there are two ways to do this by patent or by plant