Intellectual property law coming to protect plant breeders and farmers
Industry Minister, Anthony Hylton, says the Government is developing new laws to safeguard the rights of plant breeders as a new area of intellectual property protection in Jamaica.
He says the move will encourage innovation in the breeding of new plant varieties and facilitate the registration process, while providing protection for plant breeders and farmers.
He adds that the new law will prove useful in the development of the local cannabis industry.
Meanwhile, Hylton says his ministry is far advanced in the development of the Patent and Designs Act, which seeks to reform the law relating to patents and designs that has been in place since 1857.
The law will provide greater protection for Jamaican innovators and manufacturers in the local and international environments.