Cannabis: Plant Breeder’s Rights

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The protection of Hemp varieties of Cannabis L. was gazetted in the Government Gazette, for the Republic of South Africa, of 20 May 2022.  New Hemp varieties can now be protected for 20 years with a sole right of 5 years.  During the sole right period the owner has the sole right to produce and market propagating material of the variety.  Thereafter, the owner is compelled to issue licenses to other persons who also wish to use and market propagating material.

Contact us for assistance with registering plant breeder’s rights!  karel@ip-lawyer.co.za

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