The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001
Chapter VII Compulsory Licence
47. Power of Authority to make order for compulsory licence in certain circumstances.-
1. At any time, after the expiry of three years from the date of issue of a certificate of registration of a variety, any person interested may make an application to he Authority alleging that the reasonable requirements of the public for seed or other propagating material of the variety have not been satisfied or that the seed or other propagating material of the variety is not available to the public at a reasonab e price and pray for the grant of a compulsory licence to undertake production, distribution and sale of the seed or other propagating material of that variety.
2. Every application under sub-section (1) shall contain a statement of the nature of the applicant's interest together with such particulars as may be prescribed and the facts upon which the application is based.
3. The Authority, after consultation with the Central Government, and if satisfied after giving an opportunity to the breeder of such variety to file opposition and after hearing the parties, on the issue that the reasonable requirements of the public with respect to the variety have not been satisfied or that the seed or other propagating material of the variety is not available to the public at a reasonable price, may order such breeder to grant a licence to the applicant upon such terms and condition as it may deem fit and send a copy of such order to the Registrar to register the title of such applicant as licensee under sub-section (4) of section 28 on payment of such fees by the applicant as is referred to in that sub-section.