November 2009


There are several reasons why you might want a procedural representative to act on your behalf to file applications for Community Plant Variety Rights. The most common of these is the requirement of the CPVO for applications to be filed by a person or business that is domiciled within the 27 member states of the European Union. Alternatively, you may simply wish to engage an experienced practitioner so that you don’t have the hassle!

Plants For Europe Limited offers a complete procedural representative service for breeders and their agents or lawyers. We have considerable experience of successfully filing applications for Community PVR including some quite challenging applications for plants with variegated foliage. We can assist not only with the application, including submission of forms and supporting documentation, but also with arranging safe and timely delivery of plants for DUS examination and ensuring that appropriate CPVO fees are paid on time.

If you would like to know more, including details of our (very reasonable!) fees for this service, then please contact us.

Congratulations to Paul Roman and the rest of the organization team at the revamped Southern Growers Exhibition held today at Roundstone Nursery. By my reckoning, it was a great success, with many more exhibitors and vastly increased numbers of visitors. For me, in recent years, this events only merited attendance because it was local – this time, there were some really useful contacts to be made and renewed, which is the mark of a truly useful event.

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) is set to announce that, from January 2010, the Gazette and most other publications will be available in electronic format only and will be free of charge. This will be a boon to those of us who have found purchasing a subscription to the paper format of the Gazette to be difficult, as obtaining EU publications is limited to only two resellers in the UK who are not always as helpful as they might be (I’ve been awaiting an email response from TSO for, oh, about six months now).

The Gazette is the official record of all applications and grants of Community PVR. Only the Gazette acts as the official record – the online database at the CPVO website carries disclaimers to state that it would not be admissable as evidence and should not be regarded, therefore, as entirely accurate.

The only publication that will continue to be available in paper format will be the annual report. This, and most other publications, have been available in electronic format for some time. Check the EU Bookshop and enter "Community Plant Variety Office" as search term.

From January, the Gazette will be available from www.cpvo.europa.eu as PDF format documents.