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Intellectual Property and Plants

Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This POSTnote considers the different intellectual property rights approaches available to plant breeders.

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Plant breeding is an essential practice in agriculture and horticulture. Plant breeders may seek intellectual property rights (IPR) over plant varieties and breeding techniques to protect their investment in research. This POSTnote considers the different IPR approaches available to plant breeders.

POSTnotes POST-PN-0517

Authors: Peter Border; Sarah Smith

Topics: Agriculture, Food, Research and innovation, Science

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