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CHAPTER I: PRELIMINARY

CHAPTER I: PRELIMINARY

 

1. Short title, extent, and commencement.—

 

(1) This Act may be called the Protection of Plant
Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001.
(2) It extends to the whole of India.
(3) It shall come into force on such date1
as the Central Government may, by notification in the
Official Gazette, appoint; and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act and
any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this Act shall be construed as a reference to
the coming into force of that provision.

 

2. Definitions.—

 

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(a) “Authority” means the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority
established under sub-section (1) of section 3;
(b) “benefit sharing”, in relation to a variety, means such proportion of the benefit accruing to a
breeder of such variety or such proportion of the benefit accruing to the breeder from an agent or a
licensee of such variety, as the case may be, for which a claimant shall be entitled as determined by
the Authority under section 26.
(c) “breeder” means a person or group of persons or a farmer or group of farmers or any
institution which has bred, evolved or developed any variety;
(d) “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Tribunal;
(e) “Chairperson” means the Chairperson of the Authority appointed under clause (a) of
sub-section (5) of section 3;
(f) “convention country” means a country which has acceded to an international convention for
the protection of plant varieties to which India has also acceded, or a country which has a law on
protection of plant varieties on the basis of which India has entered into an agreement for granting
plant breeders’ right to the citizens of both the countries;

(g) “denomination”, in relation to a variety or its propagating material or essentially derived
variety or its propagating material, means the denomination of such variety or its propagating material
or essentially derived variety or its propagating material, as the case may be, expressed by means of
letters or a combination of letters and figures written in any language;
(h) “essential characteristics” means such heritable traits of a plant variety which are determined
by the expression of one or more genes of other heritable determinants that contribute to the principle
features, performance or value of the plant variety;
(i) “essentially derived variety”, in respect of a variety (the initial variety), shall be said to be
essentially derived from such initial variety when it—
(i) is predominantly derived from such initial variety, or from a variety that itself is
predominantly derived from such initial variety, while retaining the expression of the essential
characteristics that results from the genotype or combination of genotype of such initial variety;
(ii) is clearly distinguishable from such initial variety; and
(iii) conforms (except for the differences which result from the act of derivation) to such
initial variety in the expression of the essential characteristics that result from the genotype or
combination of genotype of such initial variety;
(j) “extant variety” means a variety available in India which is—
(i) notified under section 5 of the Seeds Act, 1966 (54 of 1966); or
(ii) farmers’ variety; or
(iii) a variety about which there is common knowledge; or
(iv) any other variety which is in public domain;
(k) “farmer” means any person who—
(i) cultivates crops by cultivating the land himself; or
(ii) cultivates crops by directly supervising the cultivation of land through any other person;
or
(iii) conserves and preserves, severally or jointly, with any person any wild species or
traditional varieties or adds value to such wild species or traditional varieties through selection
and identification of their useful properties;
(l) “farmers’ variety” means a variety which—
(i) has been traditionally cultivated and evolved by the farmers in their fields; or
(ii) is a wild relative or land race of a variety about which the farmers possess the common
knowledge;
(m) “Gene Fund” means the National Gene Fund constituted under sub-section (1) of section 45;
(n) “Judicial Member” means a Member of the Tribunal appointed as such under sub-section (1)
of section 55 and includes the Chairman;
(o) “Member” means a Judicial Member or a Technical member of the Tribunal and includes the
Chairman;
(p) “member” means a member of the Authority appointed under clause (b) of sub-section (5) of
section 3 and includes the member-secretary;
(q) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(r) “propagating material” means any plant or its component or part thereof including an intended
seed or seed which is capable of, or suitable for, regeneration into a plant;
(s) “Register” means a national Register of Plant Varieties referred to in section 13;

(t) “Registrar” means a Registrar of Plant Varieties appointed under sub-section (4) of section 12
and includes the Registrar-General;
(u) “Registrar-General” means the Registrar-General of Plant Varieties appointed under
sub-section (3) of section12;
(v) “Registry” means the Plant Variety Registry referred to in sub-section (1) of section 12;
(w) “regulations” means regulations made by the Authority under this Act;
(x) “seed” means a type of living embryo or propagule capable of regeneration and giving rise to
a plant which is true to such type;
(y) “Tribunal” means the Plant Varieties Protection Appellate Tribunal established under
section 54;
(z) “Technical Member” means a Member of the Tribunal who is not a Judicial Member;
(za) “variety”, means a plant grouping except micro-organism within a single botanical taxon of
the lowest known rank, which can be—
(i) defined by the expression of the characteristics resulting from a given genotype of that
plant grouping;
(ii) distinguished from any other plant grouping by expression of at least one of the said
characteristics; and
(iii) considered as a unit with regard to its suitability for being propagated, which remains
unchanged after such propagation,
and includes propagating material of such variety, extant variety, transgenic variety, farmers’ variety and
essentially derived variety.

 

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