Egypt deposited its instrument of accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on 1 November 2019 and became a member of UPOV on 1 December 2019.
Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBRs), also known as plant variety protection, are intellectual property rights intended specifically to protect new varieties of plants. They offer legal protection to plant breeders for the investment made in breeding and developing new varieties of plants. The objective of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection for plant breeders, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society.
Presently, 27 countries in Africa provide protection for PBRs and 23 of these countries are members of UPOV. The African members of UPOV are: Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, Tanzania (mainland) and OAPI (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo).
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