Who can protect a plant variety?

Only the breeder of a new plant variety can protect that new plant variety.

It is not permitted for someone other than the breeder to obtain protection of a variety.

There are no restrictions on who can be considered to be a breeder under the UPOV system: a breeder might be an individual, a farmer, a researcher, a public institute, a private company etc.
Importance of Plant Variety Protection and UPOV

Japan Registration Case Study
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