Developing new varieties is expensive, requiring major upfront investment over many years in people, technology and facilities. To fund this investment breeders are awarded a form of intellectual property, known as Plant Variety Rights, on each new variety.
Licensing the use of this intellectual property allows royalties to be collected when a protected variety is produced and sold as certified seed, or when it is used as farm-saved seed. BSPB acts on its members’ behalf to license and collect royalties on the production and sale of certified seed of protected varieties of cereals, pulses, potatoes and grasses in the UK.
BSPB also collects royalties for its members on farm saved seed use of protected varieties. The farm saved seed collection for combinable crops operates under the terms of an agreement between BSPB, NFU, NFU Scotland and UFU. We also collect payments for farm saved seed use of protected varieties of potato and operate a licensing scheme for the use of bypassed seed of protected varieties of vining peas.
We can collect royalties on certified and/or farm saved seed use in the UK of varieties that are protected by UK or EU PVR for BSPB members. Membership is open to plant breeders and breeders’ agents marketing varieties of cereals, oilseeds, pulses, potatoes, vegetables, sugar beet, fodder and forage crops and amenity grass in the UK.