Thinking about applying for protection for your new variety under the Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) Act? Greenlife Industry Australia speaks to Leanne Gillies from Fleming’s Nurseries to find out more about what the role of a Qualified Person in the PBR process entails.
The Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) Act protects the rights of the plant breeder in the commercialisation of new plant varieties (see story in August National Nursery News). Every application that Intellectual Property (IP) Australia receives for protection under the PBR Act must include a nominated Qualified Person who will be responsible for administering that trial or maintaining that trial and must certify, verify and supervise the whole running of the trial.
Nik Hulse, Chief of Plant Breeder’s Rights, IP Australia explains, “we have a process where we vet them and make sure that they are suitably qualified. We do not pay them; they pay us a small fee to seek accreditation. Once they have become accredited, they are then able to run trials for crops that are covered by their accreditation. So, you might have a qualified person who works in agriculture with just wheat varieties, they could only run trials for wheat varieties. And then you get others for roses and so on.”