May 2006


Nemesia Amelie/FLEURAME

Martine Tellwright, breeder of Nemesia Amelie, has been granted EU Plant Variety Rights for this variety.

The variety is registered under the denomination FLEURAME. The grant number is EU17384. The CPVO file number is 20040636.

The application was handled by Plants For Europe Limited, who also act as the breeder’s agent for the whole world except North America.

Please accept our apologies for the recent problem with the "contact PFE" page – any messages sent resulted in an error page being shown.

Please be assured that all of your messages were received safely. The problem has now been fixed (we hope!).

Graham Spencer will be attending the Week 24 Flower Trials in Aalsmeer and Westland, Netherlands, on June 14 – 16.

If you wish to meet with Graham during his visit, please contact us at the earliest opportunity.

Following the recent CPVO-organised seminar in Poland on enforcement of breeders’ rights, the CPVO has issued a press release which includes the following statement:

The enforcement of Community plant variety rights is a shared responsibility of the title holders, the breeders, and the competent authorities, in particular the Community and national legislator, the judicial authorities and the CPVO.

The press release goes on to say that whilst "breeders should act against infringements with the available legal means", the CPVO has a duty to

provide a solid title of protection based on a high quality technical assessment of varieties which are candidate for protection
and
inform interested circles, breeders, producers, farmers, judges, prosecutors, PVR authorities and government officials of the implications of Community plant variety protection.

This is to be welcomed. Whilst breeders and CIOPORA can do much to lobby governments and legislators and raise awareness of PVR, such actions by the CPVO are much more likely to achieve positive results that will benefit holders of EU PVRs. In time, this will help to create a stronger PVR that can be more simply and rigorously enforced.

The Community Plant Variety Office is changing its postal, email and website addresses with effect from Tuesday 9 May 2006:

OCVV / CPVO
3, Boulevard Maréchal Foch
BP 10121
FR – 49101 ANGERS Cedex 02
FRANCE

New email address: cpvo@cpvo.europa.eu
New website address: http://www.cpvo.europa.eu/

Be sure to update your records. Although the CPVO say that the new address applies from 9 May, we note that the new web address is already working.

Our friends at Lyndale Intellectual Property have filed PVR applications in New Zealand for two varieties in the PFE portfolio:

  • Ajuga BINBLASCA (Black Scallop) – file number HOM220
  • Lysimachia WALGOLDALEX (Golden Alexander) – file number HOM221

This is a continuing part of our efforts to ensure that PFE varieties are protected in all countries where there is a significant market for that variety. Growers in New Zealand interested in either of these varieties should contact Robert Bett at Lyndale.