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.

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Technical examinations which are initiated or are to be approved by the Community Plant Variety Office must be performed in accordance with the test guidelines which have been adopted by the Administrative Council. Technical examinations started prior to the decision are not affected unless otherwise announced. The plant species concerned as well as the date of the decision are accordingly published in the Official Gazette of the Office. The technical protocol can be consulted through the website of the Office, or upon request can be transmitted by the Office. Technical questionnaires for the plant species called in question were amended accordingly. The technical questionnaires can be downloaded from the website, or upon request can be sent by the Office.

Decisions were taken in respect of the following plant species:

Cichorium intybus L. var. foliosum Hegi

Cucumis sativus L.

Hordeum vulgare L.

Lactuca sativa L (adopted on 15/02/2019)

Lolium perenne L

Lolium multiflorum Lam. spp. italicum (A. Br.) Vokart

Lolium multiflorum Lam. ssp. non alternativum 

Lolium multiflorum Lam. var. westerwoldicum Wittmt

Lolium multiflorum Lam. ssp. Alternativum

Lolium boucheanum Kunth

Lolium x hybridum Hausskn

Lolium rigidum Gaudin.

Prunus salicina Lindl.

Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench; Sorghum ×drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase

Triticum aestivum L.

Vicia faba L. var. equina St.-Amans

Vicia faba L. var. minuta (hort. ex Alef.) Mansf.