Biotech Updates

New Zealand to Implement Plant Variety Rights Act and Regulations in 2023

December 21, 2022

The New Zealand Intellectual Property Office announced that the New Plant Variety Rights Act and Regulations will come into force on January 24, 2023.

According to the recommendations of the Wai 262 report, the following changes will be implemented:

  • The Māori Plant Varieties Committee will be created to support early engagement between breeders and kaitiaki, assess the impact of a Plant Variety Rights (PVR) grant on kaitiaki relationships, and make determinations on whether certain applications should or should not proceed.
  • There are new disclosure requirements from breeders if indigenous plant species or other species of significance to Māori are involved.
  • The ability to refuse the grant of a PVR if kaitiaki interests are affected.

Read more from the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.

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