Hear from Nik Hulse, Chief of Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) at IP Australia, about our recently developed online training suite for Qualified Persons (QPs). Please note that this training suite is only available for Plant Breeder’s Rights Qualified Persons.


Hi, and welcome to the PBR QP Training Suite. Now, before I start talking about PBR specifics, I want to give you a brief overview of IP Australia and what we do here.

At IP Australia we administer Australia’s intellectual property rights system, specifically Trade Marks, patents, designs and plant breeder’s rights. Our vision is to have a world leading IP system that builds prosperity for Australia.

Our PBR office is made up of a small team of examiners, who manage the workflow and examination of PBR applications, as well as operational staff who support the examiners with administrative tasks. In some cases, there may be situations where the PBR office will need to consult with other areas of IP Australia, such as the Office of Legal Counsel.

A lot of what PBR does is in line with international processes maintained by organisations, such as The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). UPOV is an intergovernmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Their mission is to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants for the benefit of society.

At IP Australia, we receive approximately 125,000 IP rights applications each year. Unlike other IP rights groups, PBR is the only section where a qualified person must be involved, in order for an application to be valid and accepted. QPs play an important part in the PBR registration process, so it is very important that we ensure sufficient training and support is provided to them.

Internationally agreed protocols and test guidelines for specific plant types such as wheat, roses or apples are used to ensure testing and examination processes are harmonised internationally.

As you work through this suite of modules, you’ll learn about the different processes, policies and methods that are integral to the PBR workflow, and will hopefully gain a sufficient amount of knowledge that you can use towards your work as a QP.

Thank you for watching.

Last updated: 
Monday, August 24, 2020