Plant Variety Rights is an important part of commercializing new varieties and a necessary means to ensuring variety development costs are justified, breeders rewarded and the resultant product remains viable.
The PVR User group is the forum for discussion and lobbying on behalf of the ornamental sector. This sector, defined as all plants not covered by fruit, arable cropping and pastoral farming, is the largest user of the PVR system in New Zealand.
Membership is open to all who have an interest in PVR and intellectual property, whether they are members of NGINZ or not. Membership carries a subscription fee of $50 per annum.
The objectives of the Group are to provide users of the system an opportunity to raise and discuss any issues associated with variety protection and indeed the wider aspects of intellectual property matters. Topics may include but not be limited to
In addition to the PVR User Group, industry views are also discussed at the PVR Office hosted Technical Focus Group which meets annually. Stephen Burton of Annton Nursery Ltd and John Liddle of NGINZ attend this along with representatives of all industries who may avail themselves of the PVR process.
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