Protection of New Plant Varieties

With Singapore's accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV Convention) and the enactment of the Plant Varieties Protection Act in 2004, plant breeders in Singapore can seek rights protection of their new plant varieties for 25 years.

Application for Protection

The PVP is administered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Plant breeders who wish to protect their new varieties have to apply at the Plant Varieties Protection Registry located at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Information on the fundamentals of protection of plant varieties and on the filing of application for plant protection can be found at the opens in a new windowIPOS website.

Technical Examination of New Plant Varieties

With effect from 30 July 2014, Singapore has expanded the scope of its Plant Varieties Protection Act (Cap 232A) to include all genera and species. The new plant variety must be novel and given a suitable denomination in order to enjoy protection.

For a variety to be deemed as novel, a variety must undergo technical examination of its morphological characteristics to determine its:

  • Distinctness
  • Uniformity
  • Stability

For more information and application, please refer to the opens in a new windowIPOS website.

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