Last week, a large farming operation in Southern Alberta reached the largest cash settlement in a Plant Breeders' Rights case in Canadian history agreeing to pay over $737 thousand dollars.

The Director of Intellectual Property Protection for Seeds Canada, Lorne Hadley says they investigate a number of cases each year of people infringing on the rules under Plant Breeders Rights.

"Ninety per cent of it is myself or others from Seeds Canada having a conversation What are you selling? Do you know you shouldn't? If it's a variety that shouldn't be sold without the permission of the varieter. Then there's a group that think, well, you know, I think this variety is in short supply, so I should be selling it. And we use that system to determine what we do in terms of negotiating with infringers."

Hadley says they deal with one to four hundred cases each year noting that each case is handled and investigated separately.

"Is it a small farmer who just needs to know more? Is it somebody who set out to actually take the variety without paying a royalty? Or is it somebody that's in the business of, you know, essentially brown bagging seed. Keep in mind every time seed is brown bagged, there is no royalty going back to the breeder."

He notes anyone who uses a PBR-91 protected seed purchases it, processes it or sells PBR protected varieties inappropriately is liable.

 

More Ag News

G7 Agriculture Ministers meet in Germany

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, meets with other G7 Agriculture Ministers in Stuttgart, Germany - Photo Credit: BMEL/Photothek.captiontext G7 Agriculture…

Seeding underway south of the border

.captiontext Seeding in the United States has ramped up over the past couple of days. Dan Basse is president of AgResource Company in Chicago. "We are finally getting at the seeding here in the last…

Canada's 2021 Census of Agriculture

File Photo.captiontext Data from the Census of Agriculture indicate that trends identified in previous census cycles, such as industry consolidation and aging of farm operators, have continued in…

Satellite changes could shutdown farmers

Photo Courtesy of Matt Yanick.captiontext There's a key change coming up next week for farmers that use WAAS - a Wide Area Augmentation System - for Precision Agriculture. Matt Yanick, President and…

DiscoverMooseJaw.com is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login