Jan Schlauer (zxmsl01@studserv.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de)
Thu, 21 Apr 1994 11:36:32 +0100


>I read an ACPS Bulletin article our esteemed email colleague Terry
>Bertozzi wrote about PVRs (Plant Variety Rights) and how they are
>interpreted in Australia. I was struck by the fact that the regulations
>deal with special plant characteristics, in this case the red colouration,
>and not just a single plant clone. So if Mansell gets PVRs for the all-red
>VFT, his PVR will extend to every all-red VFT, even ones that are still
>in the field.

If that is *really* true, the fault is with the law itself, not with those
who do apply it.

BTW: Are
_Escherichia_coli_ "Gentech-Lab",
_Saccharomyces_cerevisiae_ "Beer", "Wine", and "Bread",
_Arabidopsis_thaliana_ "Weedy",
_Drosophila_melanogaster_ "Summertime",
_Sus_scrofa_ "Dirty", and
_Homo_sapiens_ "All-white" and "All-black"
- "varieties" (according to the AU PVR act, not the ICBN) patented already?
(The PVR act does not define "plant", does it?)
If not, I would be very much interested in having these rights reserved for
myself! ;-)

Kind regards