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Overview

The protection of the rights of plant breeders is an important stimulus for the development of better plant varieties. Being able to claim intellectual property rights on a variety gives a breeder the exclusive rights to exploit it and to prevent others from doing so illegally. 

Do you want to learn what plant breeders’ rights are in accordance with the UPOV Convention and how a Plant Variety Protection System works? Then this Plant Breeders' Rights for Food Security and Economic Development course from Wageningen University and Research is of interest to you.

Course programme in more detail

The protection of the rights of plant breeders is an important stimulus for the development of better plant varieties. The possibility to claim intellectual property rights on a variety gives a breeder the exclusive rights to exploit it and to prevent others from doing so illegally.Many countries are therefore developing and implementing a legal framework for the protection of plant varieties within an intellectual property rights system. Besides developing legislation, the implementation of the Plant Breeders' Rights system has far-reaching consequences of a legal, institutional, technical, financial and commercial nature. In this course, participants will learn about these consequences, and about practical ways to implement new regulations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Intensity 10 hrs/week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

What will you learn?The following subjects will be discussed during this course:
  • Legal aspects – legal framework, requirements of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), patents, regulations relating to genetic resource use;
  • Institutional aspects – procedures and administration, organisational setup, variety registration systems, collaboration and testing;
  • Technical aspects – the principle of Distinctness,Uniformity and Stability (DUS), practical DUS-testing, UPOV guidelines, field testing, biochemical/ molecular techniques, statistics, data analysis, reporting, variety denomination;
  • Exploitation of plant breeders rights – enforcing rights, royalty collection, farm saved seed.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Motivation & Personal Learning Goals
  • Relevance to the Course
  • Confirmed Sponsorship

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4100 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4100 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4100 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4100 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
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