Plant breeder's rights service level commitments

Plant breeder's rights product quality standards tier 1

Product quality standards that relate to matters which would adversely affect (or have the potential to affect) the validity of the intellectual property (IP) right:

  • correct search and research strategy is adopted

  • all relevant grounds for rejection are correctly taken.

    Acceptable quality level: 93.5 per cent of cases conforming to the product quality standard.

Plant breeder's rights product quality standards tier 2

Product quality standards that relate to matters which would require a considerable amount of rework and/or inconvenience to the applicant or IP Australia:

  • reports are comprehensive and informative

  • reports are free of invalid deficiencies.

    Acceptable quality level: 90 per cent of cases conforming to the product quality standard.

Plant breeder's rights product quality standards tier 3

Product quality standards that relate to matters which are important in terms of overall perception of the quality of the product:

  • written formalities are complete and correct.

    Acceptable quality level: 85 per cent of cases conforming to the product quality standard.

Plant breeder's rights registration and examination standard

  • We will conduct an initial examination on your application for plant breeder's rights within eight weeks of receiving the application.

  • We will respond to correspondence relating to the examination of your application within 20 working days of receiving the correspondence.

  • We will register your plant breeder's right within 10 working days, being satisfied that all criteria for registration have been met.

    Plant breeder's rights hearings standard

  • We will issue our decision within 12 weeks of holding a hearing, unless we receive further submissions or evidence.

For our current compliance with these commitments, go to our Charter Reports.

Last updated: 
29 September 2016