Japan passes bill to protect intellectual property control for fruits

The Japanese parliament on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at protecting intellectual property control over its fruits and vegetables in a bid to crack down on the illicit outflow from the country of cultivars developed through plant breeding.Seeds and seedlings of certain domestic varieties of plants have been taken to other countries without permission and grown, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.The revised seed and seedling protection law, expected to take effect in April, will allow plant breeders to designate areas where their varieties can be grown and expor…

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