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Plant Breeders' Rights Act, 1976 (Act No. 15 of 1976)

39. Preservation and proof of documents


(1) All documents lodged with the registrar in connection with plant breeder's rights and any application for such rights shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (3), be preserved for the prescribed period.


(2) Any document referred to in subsection (1) which in the opinion of the registrar may lie for inspection by the public, shall upon payment of the prescribed fees be open for inspection during office hours at the office of the registrar, and copies thereof shall on request and upon payment of the prescribed fees be furnished to any person.


(3) Where an application for the grant of a plant breeder's right has been withdrawn, the registrar shall return all the papers submitted in connection with the application, to the applicant at the address indicated in the application or, if this is not practicable, destroy them after expiry of the prescribed period.


(4) The provisions of section 5(3) shall mutatis mutandis apply with reference to all documents lodged with the registrar.