New inventions are the driving force behind progress in different economic sectors. In the agricultural world, the breeding of new plant varieties is one of the factors that has most contributed to increased productivity. In order to achieve suitable dynamics for plant breeding it is necessary to generate incentives so that the different stakeholders in the breeding sector will invest time and resources in their activity.

In this regard, the system that has proved to be the most effective and efficient for this purpose is the one based on so-called “intellectual property rights”. Through this system, the inventor who creates a new product that generates wealth is granted for a limited period of time the exclusive rights for its commercial exploitation, so that he can recover the investment made and have expectations of obtaining a fair return for his efforts.