Answer: The Plant Variety Protection Act provides developers of new varieties of plants patent-like rights that protect the reproduction of their varieties. Varieties that are protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act can be sold as seed stocks only with permission of the certificate holder and in some cases, only as a class of certified seed. Varieties that are protected should have labels on the seed containers indicating the type of protection.
Farmers may save seed for replanting, but in most cases cannot sell it to anyone else without the permission of the owner.
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