How we operate

Licencing of new varieties

  • Future Fynbos will plant new varieties to develop the growing technology and marketability of these varieties.
  • Plantings are restricted to a certain number of plants per variety depending on production time and market demand.
  • Licenced growers will pay a percentage stem royalty for the duration of the plant’s productive life.
  • Plant royalties are applicable, but vary according to the value of the product.  Plant royalties per product are determined annually.
  • Licence agreements include non-propagation, but once-off propagation licences may be granted on application to growers wishing to do their own propagation.


Intellectual property management

  • Future Fynbos can also offer assistance to growers with the commercialisation of their own selections.
  • Registration for Plant Breeders Rights, Trade Marks and variety listing.
  • Importation of plant material.
  • Management of contracts, collection of production royalties.


Propagation of plant material

  • Propagation of new varieties if licenced to Future Fynbos.
  • Commercialisation and distribution of plant material to licenced growers.


  • Intellectual property rights

    Plant material can be protected in a number of ways.  Through licence agreements, Plant Breeders Rights, Trademarks, Patents etc.

    Breeder’s Rights belong to the family of laws under intellectual property rights.  In order to make economic progress it is important to stimulate breeders to constantly come up with new cultivars.  

    The holder of a plant breeder’s right is granted exclusivity in respect of the production, sale or other form of marketing, import into and export from the Republic of South Africa of propagating material or harvested material of the protected variety according to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act No. 15 of 1976.  (

    A PBR is infringed by any person who, not being the holder of the PBR, performs, or causes to be performed without a licence the following acts:

    1. production or reproduction (multiplication)
    2. conditioning for the purpose of propagation
    3. sale or any other form of marketing
    4. exporting
    5. importing
    6. stocking of any propagating material or harvested material, including plants obtained through unauthorized use of propagating material of the relevant variety.

    A licensee that fails to comply with any term or condition of a licence also infringes the PBR.  It is also an infringement to use the approved denomination of a protected variety in relation to a plant or propagating material of any other variety for any purpose, or to sell plants or propagating material of a protected variety under any other denomination than the approved denomination of that variety.

    (Adapted from:Bowman Gilfillan and DM Kisch Inc)