On November 15, 2017, international application platform for plant variety right was launched in Beijing, through which Chinese breeders can not only apply for plant variety rights protection with plant variety protection offices in different countries and regions but also provide convenient approaches for the introduction of foreign fine varieties.
On January 2017, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) established electronic application system of plant variety rights (PRISMA), which is utilized by 16 countries like China, Argentina, Australia, Chile and other countries. Languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Romanian and Osmanli can be used to apply for the plant variety rights of potato, soybean, lettuce, apple and rose. Besides, foreign breeders can apply for the variety rights protection of lettuce and rose in China.
It is known that China issued Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Protection of New Varieties of Plants in 1997 and joined UPOV on April 23, 1999. The applications for new variety rights of plants witness a constant increase over the past 20 years. The number of applications in 2016 reached near 3,000, stably ranking the first among UPOV member states.
In order to promote the development of protection on China’s new variety of plants in an all-round way, the Science and Technology Development Centre, Ministry of Agriculture of the P.R.C signed the Strategic Cooperation Agreement on Protection for New Variety of Plants between China and Europe with Community Plant Variety Office. Both parties carried out 3-year cooperation and exchange regarding the system construction of protection on new variety of plants, acceptance and examination process, study on variety test technology, exhibition of new variety and protection on variety rights.