We regularly advise our clients on protection of geographical indications, traditional knowledge, bio-diversity laws, rights over plant varieties and semi conductors. We have successfully obtained registrations for a number of clients and understand the nuances within this gamut.
India has specific legislation for protection of plant varieties. The Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act (PPVFR Act) provides an effective system for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders and to encourage the development of new varieties of plants. The duration of protection of registered varieties is different for different type of crops. For Trees and vines, it is 18 years while for other crops, it is 15 years from the date of registration of the variety.
Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Registry (SICLDR) protects original and Distinctive Integrated Circuit Layout Design. The registration period extends to ten years from the date of filing of application.
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