The European Parliament voted on 13 September 2021 to extend the EU plant breeder’s rights for certain plant species. This applies mainly to varieties of the species groups of flower bulbs, asparagus, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals.
Favourable news for breeders: this extension allows for more time to recoup the investment made in breeding, setting up production and marketing the new variety. In doing so, the European Union hopes to stimulate innovation within the sector. The duration of the EU plant breeder’s rights for a number of varieties has been extended from 25 to a maximum of 30 years.