Morocco is member of the UPOV Convention and as per the TRIPS Agreement that underlines - under the ADPIC agreement - the obligation of protecting intellectual property rights of inventors including breeders, Morocco has adopted Law 9-94 on the protection of plant varieties which was promulgated by the Royal decree No 1.96.255 issued on January 21st, 1997.
According to the Moroccan national law, the protection concerns varieties belonging to a list of kinds and species determined by the Ministry of Agriculture. This decision determines as well, for every specie, the duration of the protection and the elements concerned by the right of the breeder. Currently, more than 80 species are protectable in Morocco, and are divided in three categories:
Group A : Cereals, vegetables, fodder cultures, industrial cultures, flora and ornamental species, potatoes and strawberry plants.
Group B : Arboricultural and vine species ... More details