Varieties Protection

Protection of plant varieties is akin to patents and trademarks in the family of intellectual property.

Plant variety protection law governs the intellectual property rights in new varieties of plants. The person that holds title to protection of plant varieties has the right to protect his varieties from unwanted commercial use.


The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). UPOV's mission is to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society.

Easier to protect your plant varieties by giving you one-stop, online access to application forms  via a multilingual interface.

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Last modification 22.06.2020

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Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG Plant Variety Office
Schwarzenburgstrasse 165
3003 Berne
+41 58 462 25 24

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