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What is infringement
or piracy?

Infringement, or piracy, is the (re)production and selling of seeds/plants of protected varieties or the use of protected product names and logos or packaging material and variety pictures without the explicit authorization of the rights holder.

What are frequent types of piracy ?

Infringement of intellectual property rights investigated by AIB can take many different forms, such as:
  • iIIegal reproduction from seeds or tubers.
  • illegal vegetative propagation from cuttings and other plant material.
  • incorrect use of a registered variety name of a protected variety.
  • packaging, trade and distribution of illegally propagated seeds and plant material.
  • the use of seeds and plant material produced by a grower, so-called Farm Saved Seed without the obligatory payment of agreed royalties by the end user to the holder of the plant breeder's right.
  • illegal sales or other commercial destination of Farm Saved Seed,
  • parallel import of protected varieties.
  • infringement of trademarks via the use of protected product names and logos and the illegal reproduction of packaging material.
  • illegal use of variety pictures on seed packages