Document supply fees for IP rights have recently been consolidated into one fee for a supply of a single document, and a second fee for supply of a case file. However, while other rights allow a broad scope of documents to be accessed, the Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) Act only allows for a very few limited documents to be publicly available.
As a result, if parties want to obtain access to other documents they need to do so under the Freedom of Information Act. Amending the Plant Breeder's Rights Act to provide an Open to Public Inspection mechanism for Plant Breeder's Rights more akin to patents and designs could streamline document provision and enable fees for document supply to better align with the other IP rights.
On hold 04-Sept-2017
Issue to be considered in future. Other matters of higher priority will be considered first.