Given the exceptional circumstances and the heavy disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis across the EU, the President of the CPVO has taken the decision to extend deadlines that fall in the period 17 March – 3 May included, until 4 May 2020 for parties to proceedings before the CPVO and the Board of Appeal.

Check our dedicated webpage gathering all important information and CPVO’s decisions concerning COVID-19.

 

FSS seminar - 4 March 2020

On 4 March 2020 a seminar focusing on Farm-Saved Seed took place in Tartu, Estonia. The seminar was organised by the CPVO in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Estonian Agricultural Board.

The main objective of the seminar was to enhance the understanding of farmers regarding the Farm-Saved Seed (FSS) system in Estonia and surrounding countries where breeders face challenges in collecting royalties on FSS from protected varieties. The seminar focused on the situation in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland. 

The CPVO considers it of great importance that breeders of protected varieties are able to exercise their rights in accordance with the existing legislative acts in the European Union.

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Update 5 March 2020:

 

Agenda - Farm Saved Seed seminar - 4 March 2020
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1-Plant industry in Estonia/Baltic States by Margus Ameerikas (Baltic Agro AS)
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2-Introduction to the EU Plant Variety Protection (PVP) system by Dirk Theobald (CPVO)
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3-The EU system of Farm-Saved Seed by Francesco Mattina (CPVO)
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4-Benefit of a Plant Variety Protection system by Dirk Theobald (CPVO)
5-Estonian Plant Variety Protection System and Variety listing by Laima Puur (Agricultural Board of Estonia)
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6-Farm-Saved Seed in the EU and challenges in enforcing Plant Variety Rights by Szonja Csörgő (Euroseeds)
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7-Challenges for Royalty collection in Estonia by Karen Rätsep (Estonian Seed Association)
8- How are royalties collected for Farm-Saved Seed in Lithuania ? by Vytautas Ruzgas (Lithuanian Seed Association)
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9-How are royalties collected for Farm-Saved Seed in Finland ? by Tarja Hietaranta (Finnish Food Authority Ruokavirasto)
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10-How are royalties collected for Farm-Saved Seed in Sweden ? by Jens Weibull (Swedish Board of Agriculture)
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11-Views of Estonian farmers organisation by Roomet Sõrmus (Estonia Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce)
12-Farmer’s experience by Andres Oopkaup (Estonian Farmers Cooperative KEVILI)
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13-Views of European farmers’ organisation by Thor Kofoed (Copa-Cogeca)
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CPVO brochure in Estonian : "Uute taimesortide kaitse Euroopas"