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Plant Breeder s Right Act (No. 1279 of 2009).

Type of law

This Act makes provision for the protection of plant variety rights (plant breeder's rights). A plant breeder's right may be granted for varieties of all botanical genera and species.
The Act, among other things: defines plant variety rights; lays down conditions for the grant of plant breeder's right; lays down rules for the approval of plant breeder's right; provides with respect to variety denomination; provides rules for the granting by a plant breeder's right holder of a licence, a compulsory licence and a compulsory cross-licence; provides with respect to the lapse, annulment and forfeiture of a plant breeder's right; and provides for farmers liability for damages and other protection by law of holders of rights under this Act.
A plant breeder's right holder has the exclusive right to exploit the propagating material of the variety in professional production and marketing. The following acts concerning propagating material require the authorization of the plant breeder's right holder: a) propagating; b) conditioning for the purpose of propagation; c) marketing, export and import; and d) storage for use for these purposes. The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) is responsible for the approval, registration and publication of a plant breeder's right and the register of plant breeder's rights.
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Entry into force notes
This Act enters into force on 1 January 2010.
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