A variety is new if, on the day of application, its propagating material or its harvested form has not been assigned with the consent of the breeder for any use in the Republic of Korea in the past year or outside of Korea in the past four years. (In case of trees and those that bear fruits, they have to have not been assigned in the past six years.)
A variety is distinct if, on the day of application, it is clearly distinguishable from any other varieties that are commonly known.
A variety is uniform if all its characteristics and features of its propagation are sufficiently uniform.
A variety is stable if its fundamental characteristics do not change even after propagations (or at the end of aparticular cycle of propagation, F1 hybrid, for example).
Any variety that is under the variety protection shall belong to a denomination.