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.

Annual Fees

At the beginning of October the lists are sent to the variety owner or his representative in Switzerland to inquire whether the variety protection is to be extended for the following year or terminated.

These variety lists must be returned, dated and signed to the Plant Variety Rights Office by November 30th.

As soon as the variety list has been received at the Office, a statement of account with the annual fees will be drawn up. The annual fees must be paid at the latest by December 31st, or else the variety will be irrevocably deleted.

Please note that compliance with the (payment) deadlines is the responsibility of the representative

Further information

Last modification 05.10.2020

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Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG Plant Variety Office
Schwarzenburgstrasse 165
3003 Berne
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