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Plant Variety Protection Act (Act No. 11457 of June 1, 2012, as amended up to Act No. 12062 of August 13, 2013)

Year of current version:2013
Date of entry into force of original text:June 2, 2013
Date of Text (Enacted):June 1, 2012
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection
Notes:
Formerly part of the Seed Industry Act, this Plant Variety Protection Act was promulgated on Jun. 1, 2012 and entered into force on Jun. 2, 2013.

In order to protect new varieties and their breeders’ rights in a systematic manner, the Republic of Korea adopted a set of procedural rules on application, examination as well as registration of new varieties.

The Act states that the protection shall be extended to all varieties of plants, pursuant to its obligations under UPOV (article 3). Among others, it reinforces breeder’s rights by raising the maximum penalty to 7-year imprisonment or a maximum fine of 100 million won, which is the same level as the Patent Act sets in case of infringement of patent rights (see Article 169 of the Patent Act).
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식물신품종 보호법 (2012년6월1일에 제정된 법률 제11457호는 2013년8월13일의 법률 제12062호 개정에 이르기까지 수차례 개정이 이루어짐 ) 식물신품종 보호법 (2012년6월1일에 제정된 법률 제11457호는 2013년8월13일의 법률 제12062호 개정에 이르기까지 수차례 개정이 이루어짐 ), Complete document (pdf) [71 KB] 식물신품종 보호법 (2012년6월1일에 제정된 법률 제11457호는 2013년8월13일의 법률 제12062호 개정에 이르기까지 수차례 개정이 이루어짐 ), Complete document (htm) [2675 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

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