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The South African Plant Breeders’ Rights Act No. 12 of 2018 (the new Act) was assented to on 27 March 2019 and published in the South African Government Gazette on 29 March 2019. Although the new Act has been assented to, it is not yet in force.  The new Act will only come into force once it has been proclaimed and Regulations have been published.  This i...

On July 25th of 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that organisms obtained by modern forms of mutagenesis are GMO. Hence, any organism obtained by means of a New Breeding Technique (NBT) that applies muta­genesis are automatically classified as a Genetically Modi­fied Organism (GMO) within the scope of the Directive 2001/18/ EC....

On 10 April 2019 the Australian Government released amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (Cth) (Regulations) which will change the law in Australia so that organisms (including plants, animals and human cell lines) developed using certain types of new gene editing techniques will no longer be classified and regulated as genetically modified...

May 7, 2019

Geneva, May 6 - The Government of Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification of the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants on May 2, 2019.

Belgium, which is already one of the seventy-five members of UPOV, is the fifty-eighth member to become bound by the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. The 1991 Act wi...

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