Chilean Government Pulls Proposed Revision of Plant Variety Rights Law

President withdraws bill to revise Chile's plant variety rights lawYesterday, after years of controversy, the government of newly re-installed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet withdrew a proposal to revise Chile’s plant variety rights law. The proposed modification was first introduced in January 2009, when Bachelet was serving her first term as president. Its objective was to bring the Chilean law into conformity with the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (known by its French acronym as UPOV).

Ximena Rincón, who serves as Secretary General of the Presidency, announced the withdrawal at a press conference, in which she stated:

Today various decisions have been taken, among them an important one is the withdrawal of the law of plant varieties from the legislative process, to conduct an analysis that will take into account all that has become known in our country and internationally regarding this subject, and that protects the rights of agricultural communities, whether they be mid-sized or small farmers, and the country’s patrimony of seeds.

Press Release, Ministra Ximena Rincón confirmó retiro del proyecto de Ley Monsanto (17 Mar. 2014).

CNN Chile’s report on President Bachelet’s decision appears below.

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Chile’s accession to the 1991 UPOV Act was the subject of an extensive 2011 decision by the Chilean Constitutional Court, which concluded that the South American country’s ratification of the treaty did not infringe the Chilean constitution.

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