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International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV - Union Internationale pour la Protection des Obtensions Vegetables) is an inter-governmental organisation for the protection of new varieties of plants by an intellectual property right. It was established by the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Paris 1961, revised in 1972, 1978 and 1991). With its headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, UPOV has more than 65 member countries.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) have launched a new website. The site has been developed to be more user-friendly and will provide access to a number of formerly unavailable documents.

In 1989 Australia became one of the member states that has acceded to the UPOV Convention. As a Convention member, Australia plays an active role on the UPOV Council as well as a number of specific committees. It is worth noting that globally there has been a record number of plant variety protection titles granted in 2010.

The Convention is important for the future of agriculture by supporting the development of new varieties of plants and encouraging breeders to develop new varieties.

Last Updated: 23/11/2013

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