Welcome to the PINTO Database
PINTO (Patent Information and Transparency On-line) was created with the aim of improving transparency regarding plant varieties that might fall under the scope of patents or patent applications. Although there are many publicly accessible patent databases, PINTO is unique since it provides the link between a plant variety and a patent or patent application, information which is currently not available elsewhere. The primary goal of PINTO is to allow breeders to make a more informed choice when deciding on the varieties to be used in a breeding program.
The main feature of PINTO is the search tool function which allows users to look through the content of the database on the basis of a number of search criteria such as variety denomination, species, patent number, patent holder or keyword in the patent title. PINTO is updated twice a year. The last update took place in July, 2019.
In order to become a user an account has to be created which can be done by clicking on the “Sign Up” button. If you are already a registered user click on “Sign In” to directly access the search form.
For the above reasons, PINTO is not and will never be an exhaustive and fully correct and up to date inventory of the varieties concerned by pending or granted patents and, as a consequence, cannot serve as a tool for complete FTO (Freedom to Operate) searches. It is intended to be one tool to contribute to such FTO searches. Users should check other sources of information to gather further elements relevant for their FTO searches.
Find here more information on other public research tools related to patents or plant varieties.