In New Zealand, the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 governs the administration of rights to a plant variety. The Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 is accompanied by the Plant Variety Rights Regulations 1988.
This legislation provides for:
- the administration of Plant Variety Rights, including the powers and functions of the Commissioner of Plant Variety Rights
- establishing and maintaining the plant variety rights register
- making and processing applications for registration of plant variety rights
- forms and fees
- prescribing the means to take infringement proceedings to enforce rights in a plant variety rights
Any person may request the Commissioner to consider whether reasonable quantities of reproductive material (plants, seeds, etc.) of a protected variety are currently available for purchase by members of the public at a reasonable price.