News from the Manor Vol 12

  1. UPOV Convention enters into force in Kenya: On May 11 2016, the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV Convention) of December 2, 1961, as revised on March 19, 1991 entered into force in Kenya. Kenya, which is already one of the 74 members of UPOV, is the 56th member to become bound by the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention.The purpose of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society.More on that here and here.
  2. India’s Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 takes effect:  The Patent (Amendment) rules, 2016 making amendments to the Patents Rules, 2003 (Principal Rules) of the Patents Act, 1970 have taken effect from May 16, 2016. More on that here and here.
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