植物育成者権（PBR）は特許、商標、著作権などと同様の知的財産権で、オーストラリアでは特許庁 (IP Australia) が監督官庁です。育成者権は新しい植物品種の育成者に商業占有権を付与し、育成者の許可なしに登録新品種の栽培や生産などの活動に従事する第三者を排除する権利です。
Shelston IP’s PBR practitioners are experts in this field, with experience in the filing and prosecution of PBR applications through all stages of the application process. Our comprehensive services also include assignments, licensing, searching and watching, infringement and validity advice, portfolio management, renewals, due diligence, litigation support and commercialisation advice.
Within our team are attorneys who have advanced degrees in plant biology and related sciences.
For example, Trainee Patent Attorney, Michael Christie, graduated from the University of Queensland with an honours degree in plant biotechnology and received the University Medal for outstanding achievement. His PhD uncovered new mechanisms that operate during RNA degradation and RNA silencing pathways in plants, which he later applied to crops. From this work, which was supported by a scholarship from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Michael published several scientific papers and was presented with the Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. He has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation and worked as a commercialisation analyst at Uniquest, the technology transfer arm at the University of Queensland. After his PhD Michael worked for two years as a post-doctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany where he undertook several projects related to genomics and gene discovery in plants.