Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) are a form of intellectual property, like patents, trade marks and copyright. PBR confers exclusive commercial rights to breeders of new plant varieties, allowing a breeder the right to exclude others from a range of activities, including producing and reproducing a protected variety.
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.