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IFG eyes securing intellectual property rights for China grape varieties

10/11/2020 05:53 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 -- California-based fruit breeding company, International Fruit Genetics (IFG) recently filed for patent / plant breeders' rights / plant variety rights and trademark protection for many of its proprietary varieties in various jurisdictions.

The company is the world’s largest private breeder of table grapes and licenses proprietary breeds of fruit to global growers, placing great value on the Chinese market. It will continue its efforts to make its premium fruit varieties available to Chinese consumers.

In response to the current IP infringement activities in China involving the IFG-Six variety, IFG in a statement said, it is the legitimate breeder and proprietor of the IFG-Six variety (marketed under the registered trademarks ‘Sweet Sapphire®’ and ‘甜蜜蓝宝石®’).

IFG has submitted the application for plant variety rights protection for IFG-Six (Sweet Sapphire®) in China in 2018, and the variety has been preliminarily approved by the Office of Variety Protection of The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, whose approval was published on Jan 1 last year.

In August this year, The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs conducted an on-site inspection of the DUS testing site for the IFG-Six variety.

Once Plant Variety Rights protection is granted in China for IFG-Six, any propagation or sale of IFG-Six propagating material without IFG's authorisation for commercial purposes will constitute an infringement 11-6 of IFG’s Plant Variety Rights.

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