The Center for Technological Development under National Forestry and Grassland Administration held the China-Europe seminar on protection of new plant varieties

On April 22, the Center for Technological Development under National Forestry and Grassland Administration (the Office for the Protection of New Plant Varieties) worked with the competent departments of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the EU’s CPVO and EUIPO China Office to hold a seminar on protection of new plant varieties.

The participants discussed the revision on Regulation of China on Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the feasibilities for China to accede to 1991 text of UPOV Convention as well as farmers' privileges and the system of essentially derived varieties. Experts of Netherland, France, UPOV Secretariat and CPVO raised the comments and suggestions on revision of the Regulations and updated the implementation of farmers' privileges and the essentially derived variety system in Europe. The Chinese experts debriefed the progress in the revision of Regulations and research outcome concerning the farmers’ privileges and the system of protection on essentially derived varieties.

As Long Sanqun, Deputy Director of the Center indicated, China is deepening the implementation of IPR strategy. To pursue the goal of building an IPR powerhouse, it is required to increase efforts on IPR protection and to continue improving the system of new plant varieties protection.

The reasons why China needs to revise the Regulation of China on Protection of New Varieties of Plants are as follows: to adapt to the release of new Seed Law; to approach the 1991 text of UPOV Convention; to satisfy the actual needs of work on protection of new plant varieties.Now, the revised draft of Regulations is open for public comments online.

(Source: forestry.gov.cn)