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Creation of a new organisation - TystofteFoundation

On 1 July 2015, the TystofteFoundation took over the operation of the technical examinations concerning VCU and DUS testing, control plots and variety administration from the Danish AgriFish Agency. On the same day, the TystofteFoundation purchased the premises at Tystofte from the Danish state. This day marked a new chapter in the history of Danish variety testing.


Plant patenting and plant variety protection, an exchange on practices

23 September 2016 

Plant patenting and plant variety protection, an exchange on practices

 EPO visit to CPVO

The Community Plant Variety Office was pleased to host a workshop with many officials of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Angers on 21 and 22 September.


This workshop was organised in the framework of the Administrative arrangement signed between the CPVO and the EPO on 11 February 2016 in which the two organisations agreed to further strengthen their relationship through the exchange of information in the area of plant-related patents and plant variety rights.


The workshop aimed to increase technical awareness and legal expertise among experts from both organizations through the exchange of knowledge and information on plant patenting and on plant variety protection.  The experts visited the testing station of the French examination office, GEVES, located in Brion. The workshop was also the opportunity to share working practices regarding the use of databases and other working tools in both organisations.


Martin Ekvad, President of the CPVO and Heli Pihlajamaa, Director Patent Law at the EPO, welcomed the fruitful and very useful workshop for both organisations and look forward to further cooperation.


The organisation and participation of the two organisations in conferences, courses, workshops and other meetings of mutual interest with the aim of maintaining high quality decisions in both institutions will complement this cooperation.


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Consequences of the UK referendum on EU membership on CPVO activities


On 23 June, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). In order to do this, it must invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will allow the UK to start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU. Article 50 places a two year time limit on the leave negotiations, unless the European Council and the member states unanimously decide to extend this period.


Plant Variety Protection Course in Wageningen (NL) - 19 till 30 June 2017

Naktuinbouw - responsible for DUS testing of plant varieties for Plant Breeder’s Rights in the Netherlands, and on behalf of the  European Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) - is organizing a Plant Variety Protection course on the implementation of the Plant Breeders' Rights system.


In this course, participants will learn about the consequences of this implementation and discuss the legal, institutional and technical aspects, as well as the exploitation of plant breeders rights.


The course will be held from 19 till 30 June 2017 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.


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Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2016/1448

The Commission Implementing regulation (EU) 2016/1448 of 1 September 2016 amending the Proceedings Regulation No 874/2009, has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 236/1 of 2 September 2016 and will enter into force on 22 September.


The new Proceedings Regulation contains important changes. Among others, it establishes clear rules on the taking over of technical reports from non-EU countries and the conditions upon which the Office may request an authority of a third country to conduct the technical examination of a candidate variety. It also contains rules on proceedings for nullity and cancellation of CPVRs.


The Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1448 amended by the Commission is available in 23 languages  here.