A plant can be protected by obtaining a Breeder’s Certificate for a plant variety that was obtained and developed by an improvement process. Requirements to be complied for the protection of a plant variety are that the plant be new, distinct, stable and uniform.

The rights granted by a Breeder’s Certificate are the use and exploitation of the plant variety and the propagating material thereof according to the following terms:

  • 18 years for perennial species (forest and fruit trees, vines, ornamentals) and their rootstocks.
  • 15 years for species not included in the foregoing subparagraph.