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Plant Variety Protection

Although not a party to the International Convention on the Protection of Plant Varieties (UPOV Convention), India has enacted the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001, which is, in reality, a 'UPOV plus' legislation. The Act aims to provide for the establishment of an effective system for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders and to encourage the development of new varieties of plants. The Indian legislation offers protection not only for new varieties, whether transgenic or otherwise, but even for varieties already known in the public domain.

This domain covers handling the complete process of plant variety registrations, including filing and prosecuting applications, managing pre-registration and post-registration proceedings and formalities, Intellectual Property transactional work including assignments and licensing, advising and acting in relation to opposition proceedings, enforcement and litigation, including infringement actions.