Technical guidance


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Technical guidance

IPONZ/PVR Office publishes technical guidance providing detailed information for plant variety rights testing practices including growing trial requirements, supply of plant material and other testing and examination activities.


The technical guidance published to date is listed below.

Technical focus group

The purpose of the Plant Variety Rights Technical Focus Group (TFG) is to provide a forum for communication between client representatives and IPONZ in relation to the provision of intellectual property services on plant variety rights in New Zealand. The Group meets to:

  • Act as a formal avenue to exchange information and input on the national variety protection scheme.
  • Provide an opportunity for users to comment on matters that concern them, or questions about operational practice.

Read the following notes from the meetings.