Plant Breeder’s Rights

As a form of intellectual property Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) operate in similar ways to patents, trade marks and copyright. PBR confer 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 PBR expertise includes: assignments; licensing; searching and watching; infringement and validity advice; portfolio management; renewals; due diligence; litigation support; and commercialisation advice.

Shelston IP PBR experts

With 14 attorneys in the biotechnology and chemistry group and a commitment to the longstanding commitment to the Agriculture industry, Shelston IP is a market leader in advising plant breeders on all aspects of the procedures involved in obtaining and enforcing PBRs.

Our clients range from leading multinational agricultural companies to Australian agricultural R&D corporations and Universities.

Shelston IP Agribusiness and PBR team is led by Ean Blackwell, former Senior Counsel for a multinational agricultural biotechnology company and qualified Plant Breeder’s Rights professional,  enabling him to certify plant breeder’s rights applications.