Plant Variety Protection (PVP) is a specialised protection towards the variety of crops and plants produced by plant breeders through agricultural activities. The right holder of PVP is entitled to use their plant variety for themselves or to give a permission to other parties to use them for a certain period of time. It is only the variety of plant species which is new, distinctive, uniformed, stable and designated by a denomination which is protectable.
Varieties that cannot be given Plant Variety Protection are those that are used for purposes which conflict with prevailing laws, social order, ethics/morality, religious norms, health and the conservation of the environment.
The duration of Plant Variety Protection shall be: a. 20 (twenty) years for seasonal plants; b. 25 (twenty-five) years for annual plants,
starts from the date of the issuance of the Plant Variety Protection rights.
The Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Office is established for the purpose of managing PVP. An applicant is given temporary protection from the time the PVP Office receives a complete application until the application is approved.
A PVP right expires when: a. The duration of the time period expires; b. Cancellation; and c. Revocation.