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Intellectual Property
Opportunities for
Commercial Growers

Our Intellectual Property division delivers a world class portfolio of varieties and selections of Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Asparagus, Grapes and Nuts to leading businesses in these sectors on a global scale.

Plant variety protection is at the backbone of Global Plant Genetics. Our Intellectual Property (IP) Department as well as our wider network of specialist IP lawyers work continually on the protection of new varieties gaining Plant Patents and Plant Variety Rights the world over.

We are proudly members of CIOPORA expanding our network of likeminded people and companies involved in the protection of asexually reproduced horticultural plant varieties.


As well as Plant Patents and Plant Breeders Rights, Global Plant Genetics often uses Trademarks and Copyright to protect the Intellectual Property that it manages. 

DNA fingerprinting of varieties as well as detailed contract law is used to police and enforce the protection of our IP when required in conjunction with our legal teams.

 If you are a marketing company or nursery business and interested in representing any part of our Berry, Asparagus, Grape or Nut IP portfolio please make contact with us via the contact page.

Intellectual Property

Trialling, Selecting, Protecting, Commercialising

As a leading commercial grower of berries or asparagus, you will be acutely aware of the importance of having access to the world’s best genetics and the positive impact they can have on your business. Global Plant Genetics offers you the opportunity to become involved in new asparagus, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry varieties and selections, gaining access to modern day plant genetics.

We are able to offer you a number of options:

  • Early stage selection trials
  • Seed deals allowing seedlings to be selected in your location
  • Advanced selections
  • Released varieties
  • Membership of club varieties
  • Exclusivity per territory

Our team has a depth of experience in varietal protection, marketing and commercial structures to satisfy you and our breeder partners.

“Developing farmers from South Africa were supported through a joint development project by The Jobs Fund and VKB Agriculture to source and import asparagus seed from abroad. Fortunately, we were referenced by a prominent local producer to Global Plant Genetics. From beginning to end we had a good experience in dealing with them. We have got very good advice and support from the company since we contacted them. They went out of their way to ensure that we could make the right decisions, not only regarding cultivar choice and quantity of seed, but general technical practices as well. The importation process was foreign to us, but in the end, it was made easy for us. The seed arrived on time, with phytosanitary aspects posing no problem. But most importantly, the quality of seed was excellent. Our nursery man, who has made thousands of asparagus seedlings over the years, said it was the best asparagus seed which he had ever seen. All in all, this meant that we were enabled to import good quality seed well within or budget and were able transplant good strong seedlings in optimum planting season.”

Piet Potgieter. Manager Developing Agriculture, VKB

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