I.Protect: New plant breeds-A A +A
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Clint Fabiosa & Ana Liza Villamor
THE passage of Republic Act No. 9168, otherwise known as the “Philippine Plant Variety Protection Act of 2002,” paved the way for the protection of new plant breeds in the Philippines. Although recognized as an intellectual property, newly created plant breeds could not be protected under the regime of patents.
However, in order to encourage plant breeders to come up with plant varieties that would allow greater yield of harvest, better resistance to pests and diseases, among others, breeders must be allowed to recoup their usually long and expensive research in coming up with new plant varieties by giving them the exclusive right to the same.
The international community sees the encouragement of breeders to create new plant breeds that would benefit society as one of the answers to the question and worry of food security in the world, as population rises.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 28, 2012.