International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants
UPOV, which was established by the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, provides a protection system for the intellectual property rights of plant breeders.
The UPOV Convention makes an exclusive property right available to breeders of new varieties of plants. To be eligible for protection, varieties must be:
- distinct from existing, commonly known varieties;
- sufficiently uniform;
- stable; and
- designated by an appropriate denomination.
UPOV aims to encourage plant breeding for the benefit of society. It promotes international harmonization and cooperation, mainly between its members (States and international organizations), on the legal and technical aspects of the protection of new varieties of plants. UPOV also provides assistance to countries and international organizations in the introduction of plant variety protection legislation.
The Office of UPOV maintains close contacts with a number of IGOs and NGOs with interests in the field of plant variety protection and related areas.
International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants; Plant Variety Protection Gazette; Newsletter of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants; UPOV Report on the Impact of Plant Variety Protection. See website.