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Commission Notice on the interpretation of certain articles of the Biotech Directive

On 3 November the Commission adopted a notice clarifying certain articles of Directive 98/44 on the protection of biotechnical inventions. The Directive focuses on patenting in the biotech industry. The notice states that products created through essential biological processes should be excluded from patentability. Furthermore, it calls for more analysis of compulsory cross licensing between plant variety rights and patenting. The Commission also expands on how the Directive ensures that there is enough fair access to patented material of biological origin. Although a Commission Notice is not legally binding, its aim is to provide more clarity on the issue for the biotech, plant and animal breeding sectors.


Full document: Commission notice on certain articles of Directive 98/44

CPVO hosting the 47th session of the UPOV Technical Working Party on Fruits (TWF)

The Community Plant Variety Office will host the 47th session of the Technical Working Party on Fruits (TWF) organized by the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), an intergovernmental organization based in Geneva. This event will take place in Angers from 14 to 18 November 2016.


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IP rights intensive industries and economic perfomance in the EU: Industry-Level Analysis

EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and EPO (European Patent Office) have released a new study on the contribution of intellectual property rights to the EU economy. Download the study here.

Official Gazette 5.2016

The official Gazette of the CPVO 5.2016, S2 Gazette have been published and are available for free in electronic format only (PDF). You may download both gazettes from the Gazette page.

A search tool is available to identify these modifications on the web site of the Office: S2 Gazette

CPVO newsletter #11 is available

The Summer 2016 edition of the CPVO newsletter is now available!