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Plant breeder's law


Hortis Legal is very proud to be the first plant breeder's right agency in the Netherlands. There are other advisers in the field of plant breeders' rights but the majority work from a broader advisory task, such as lawyers and accountants. There are also agencies fully devoted to royalties' administration for companies but the legal knowledge of plant breeders' affairs takes second place. Hortis uses the legal knowledge of plant breeders' law together with substantive knowledge and executive activities with regard to the introduction of new varieties (licensing services).

Since 1997 we have been present in most countries with a significant ornamental plant sector and have built up a worldwide network of breeders, licensors and licensees. This network is a strong means to test and introduce new varieties rapidly in an efficient manner, worldwide. We also act against companies that illegally cultivate, produce or trade the varieties of our clients.

Plant breeders' law

Our specialists in the plant breeders' law practice group have years of experience in advising on and applying for international plant breeders' rights, including Dutch plant breeders' rights, EU breeders' rights, plant breeders' rights applications in all UPOV member states and US Plant patent applications. We arrange for plant breeders' protection of new varieties for our clients in more than 45 countries.

As other services we can also mention:

  Searches for plant breeders' protection of a variety or crop group indicated by you (scope of search: all UPOV member states)
  Search for plant breeders' protection of a batch indicated by you (scope of search: all UPOV member states)
  Market research into a variety or crop group indicated by you
  Acting against infringers on a plant breeders' right
  Drafting standard test and licensing contracts (supplied as digital standard document in the format that you can use at your own company)


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