Field of Barley

Plant Variety Protection

The Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) provides intellectual property protection to breeders of new varieties of seeds and tubers.  Implementing the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA), we examine new applications and grant certificates that protect varieties for 20 years (25 years for vines and trees).  Our certificates are recognized worldwide and allow faster filing of foreign PVP applications.  Certificate owners have exclusive rights to market and sell their varieties, manage the use of their varieties by other breeders, and enjoy legal protection of their work.

In the U.S. there are 3 types of intellectual property protection that breeders can obtain for new plant varieties:

  • Plant Variety Protection - seed and tubers (issued by U.S. PVPO)
  • Plant Patents - asexually propagated plants except for tubers (issued by U.S. PTO)
  • Utility Patents - for any type of plant showing utility (issued by U.S. PTO)
     

Our services create an incentive for the development of new and improved varieties.  New varieties, better suited for climate change and pest/disease control, promote agriculture production and food security for an increasing world population.

To apply for a new PVP, review the application requirements.

For more information, contact:

Paul Zankowski, Commissioner, (202) 720-1128
paul.zankowski@ams.usda.gov
Jeffery Haynes, Deputy Commissioner, (202) 720-1066
jeffery.haynes@ams.usda.gov
USDA, AMS, S&T, Plant Variety Protection Office
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Rm. 4512-South Bldg., Mail Stop 0274
Washington, DC 20250-0002