Who we are
The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) is a self-financed EU agency responsible for the management of the Community Plant Variety Rights System. Located in Angers, France, the CPVO was created by the Council Regulation 2100/94 and has been operational since April 1995.


What we do
The CPVO’s task is to administer the Plant Variety Rights System in Europe. This system, which is the largest in the world, provides protection with an intellectual property right for new plant varieties. Since the creation of the CPVO in 1995 the office has received over 53,000 applications, with over 41,000 titles currently in force.

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Law & Practice

The Legal Unit of the CPVO is responsible for representing the Office in appeal proceedings before the Board of Appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union. We also advise in different areas of law on a diversified range of legally related issues, such as the Register of CPVRs, the procedure for public access to documents and public procurements, internal Committees’ decisions and variety denominations.


The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) offers a multinational, intellectually stimulating working environment. As a body dedicated to the management of the Plant Variety Rights system, we recruit staff not only for Technical Experts, but also professionals from a broad range of backgrounds in the administrative, legal, and ICT related areas.

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CPVO's calls for tenders which are subject to the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU for supply of goods, services and works are advertised on the Agency's website once mandatory publication has taken place in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Finance & Budget

As an EU Agency the CPVO respects rigorous reporting requirements which includes presentation of the approved budget, and the publication of detailed Annual Accounts covering both financial and budgetary results.


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