Community Plant Variety Rights

Community Plant Variety Rights

The most important IP system used by breeders, members of ESA, is the Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) system created by EU Regulation 2100/94. This system is based on the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention and provides for effective IP protection of plant varieties throughout the EU.

The core of the CPVR system is that it allows for obtaining one single protection title valid throughout the whole territory of the EU with the same scope and effect via one simple and centralized application procedure. EU breeders clearly see benefits in this regional plant breeders’ rights system and have been benefitting from its advantages for 20 years.

Since the continuous improvement of the system is of key importance for ESA’s members, ESA has always been closely engaged in working with the Community Plant Variety Office - the EU agency responsible for administering and implementing the CPVR system - both in its technical and administrative work.

In 2009 the European Commission launched a revision of the CPVR system with the view of further improving it for the benefit of breeders and society. Such review is still under its way.

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