COUNTRY : UKRAINE
CAPITAL : KIEV
LANGUAGE : UKRAINIAN & RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL TREATIES TO WHICH UKRAINE IS SIGNATORY
- Paris Convention for the protection of Industrial Property.
- Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property – TRIPS.
- Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)
PLANT BREEDERS RIGHTS LEGISLATION:
Plant Breeders Rights in Ukraine are protected by way of plant variety patents through the following:
- Plant Variety Protection Act
- The Patent Regime
BASICS REGARDING PROTECTION OF PLANT BREEDERS RIGHTS:
The Act protects New Plant Varieties which are:
- Designated by proper denominations
PLANT VARIETIES PROTECTED AS PER PLANT BREEDERS RIGHTS:
Protection accorded by PBR:
- Essentially Derived Varieties
- New Plant Varieties
- Varieties not clearly distinguished from the other varieties
- Varieties whose production requires repeated use of the owners variety
PLANT VARIETIES NOT PROTECTED AS PER PLANT BREEDERS RIGHTS:
The Act does not protect denominations given to such varieties, if they: i. Consist only of figures. ii. Similar to existing denominations in a member state. iii. Likely to cause offence. iv. Liable to mislead the identity, origin, characteristics, value of the variety. v. Does not aid in identifying the plant variety. vi. Denomination not fulfilling the requirements shall be refused and the applicant to propose another denomination. vii. Contravening humanity and morality.
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WHO MAY APPLY FOR PLANT BREEDERS RIGHTS:
- Breeders i.e., Creators or Joint Creators of the variety
- Successors in title
FILING REQUIREMENTS AS PER PLANT BREEDERS PROTECTION ACT:
Application made for protection under the Act to contain the following requisites:
- Request for grant of plant patent as per form
- One application per variety in Ukrainian
- Application to indicate variety’s name
- Description of variety regarding its features and properties
- Completed technical questionnaire as set out
- Power Of Attorney where application is filed through a patent attorney or agent
- Proof of payment
- Priority details if any
- Such other particulars (if any) as required by the authorities.
EXAMINATION PROCESS AND GRANT OF PLANT BREEDERS RIGHTS:
- Upon receipt of the application, it is submitted to a Preliminary and Substantive examination.
- The application is examined for compliance with all the requisites.
- Missing documentation is to be furnished by the applicant and all amendments and corrections to be made within stipulated time period.
- Application is published post preliminary examination.
- Substantial examination is then carried out to determine patentability of the variety.
- Application meeting technical criteria is registered and patent for the variety is issued and once again published with all the relevant information.
- This plant patent may be contested and opposed to by 3rd parties throughout the term of its validity.
- There being no opposition, the registered variety holds good.
RIGHTS OF OWNERS AS PER PLANT BREEDERS PROTECTION ACT:
- Duration of Registration: 20 yrs. from the date of registration of the plant variety – Such other species
- 30 yrs. from the date of registration of the plant variety – Grapes, Wood, Fruit cultures
Owners of the registered plant variety may undertake:
- Production and Multiplication of the propagating material
- Conditioning the propagating material for the purposes of propagation
- Sale, Market, Export, Import the material
- Assign, Sell, Transfer the material to other parties
- Stock the propagating material for all of the above acts
The Plant Variety Protection holder will have the following rights as well:
Non – Exclusive Licenses: wherein, the applicant may conclude a non-exclusive license with 3rd parties to use the rights in the protected plant variety.
Open Licensing: wherein:
- The owner of the plant variety to communicate with the Patent Office by way of official publication or declaration by which he undertakes to grant rights to use the plant variety by way of non-exclusive license.
- Interested persons may then conclude a licensing agreement with the plant variety owner.
- This form of licensing will carry a reduced maintenance fee of 50%
COMPULSORY LICENCE PROVISIONS AS PER PBR PROTECTION ACT:
- Variety not used by the plant variety owner during the first 5 years from the date of registration.
- National and Public interests are at stake.
- Plant variety owner not issuing licenses to applicants.
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