N.B. Please ensure that your responses to the questions above cover each category of subject matter specified in Article 27.3(b), namely micro-organisms, essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals, microbiological processes, non-biological processes, plant varieties and other inventions concerning plants or animals.
Plant varieties can only be protected under plant breeders’ rights. However, where a plant variety is the product of a micro-biological process, such a process may be protected by patent law. The Act and all information supplied makes it very clear that a plant variety (in other words, the plant itself) can only be protected under plant breeders' rights, and not under a patent.
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