Plant breeder's rights
What is PBR?
Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) are used to protect new varieties of plants that are distinct, uniform and stable.
A PBR is legally enforceable and gives you, the owner, exclusive rights to commercially use it, sell it, direct the production, sale and distribution of it, and receive royalties from the sale of plants.
Before you apply
If you have developed a new plant variety, you should consider applying for a PBR to protect it.
Before you apply, you'll need to decide if registering a plant breeder's right is appropriate for your plant, where you want to register it and what is involved in the application process.
Do some basic research to make sure your variety is new and distinctive and that you will be eligible. Search the PBR database to see if someone else has already bred your variety.
Applying for PBR is straight forward. However you should familiarise yourself with the application process before you apply.
To ensure you make the right decision, see our broad list of topics below.
- About PBR - benefits of PBR and what new and distinctive plant varieties that may be eligible
- The application process - information to help you apply for a PBR including the application process
- Interactive Variety Description System (IVDS) - online system for lodging variety descriptions
- Search for a PBR - search the PBR database
- Apply for a PBR - information to help you apply for a PBR
- Renew your PBR - information to help you renew your PBR
- Qualified Person - information about a Qualified Person (QP) and how to become one
- PBRAC - The Plant Breeder's Rights Advisory Committee
- Plant Varieties Journal - Official Journals for Plant Breeder's Rights in Australia
Last Updated: 22/12/2015