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Breeders’ rights strengthened in Canada


March 5, 2015
By Dave Harrison

March 5, 2015, Reading, U.K.  – The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has welcomed the recent Royal Assent for changes to Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) in Canada.

The legislation in Bill C-18, an Act to Amend Certain Acts Relating to Agriculture and Agri-Food, received Royal Assent on Feb. 27 and puts Canada on a global level playing field for Plant Breeders Rights.

The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA), an alliance of nursery and floriculture sectors across Canada, is an AIPH member. It is the largest user of this act and it worked hard to achieve this success for the industry.

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With this news, the Alliance will now be able to extend invitations to its international breeders of new plant materials to ship its new products to Canada for distribution, confident that these plant materials are well protected.

These changes will bring increased investment into new varieties for the breeders internationally and encourage similar investment and research into new varieties domestically and for export.

“Since the AIPH Congress was held in Canada in 2013, we have been assisting COHA through the AIPH Novelty Protection Committee,” said Tim Briercliffe, AIPH secretary general.

“We are very pleased that Canada has adopted UPOV 1991, joining many other countries in a joint commitment to protect the rights of plant breeders. International co-operation on subjects like this helps highlight the benefits to the industry of their growers and trade organizations working together within AIPH.”


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