Oman recently published the implementing regulations of Royal Decree No. 49 of 2009 promulgating the Law on the Protection of Breeders’ Rights in New Varieties of Plants. Applications may now be filed with the General Directorate for Plant and Animal Research at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Filing requirements stipulate that applications must include a title and a full description, along with seeds and any other information or samples that may be requested by the authorities concerned. The protection term is 25 years for trees and grapevines, and 20 years for other plant varieties. Renewal fees will have
to be paid annually from the filing date.
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