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. The extension applies to all deadlines except for the submission of material for technical examinations and the payment of examination fees. Check the news section of this website for more info.


The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020! The Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) system, based on the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention, is the largest and most efficient regional system for plant variety rights’ protection in the world. Over the past 25 years, the CPVO processed nearly 70 000 applications and granted over 53 000 plant variety right’s titles. Today, almost 30 000 new plant varieties are being protected in the European Union by the CPVO.

At the occasion of CPVO's 25th anniversary, we have compiled key information about the the CPVR system and, in particular, relevant explanations detailing:

  • Why Intellectual Property rights for the protection of new plant varieties is relevant to address today's global demands and challenges
  • What are the benefits of the CPVR system managed by the CPVO
  • How to file applications for Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR)
  • How are applications processed by the CPVO
  • What are the key statistics for the period 1995-2020, including the top species that have been granted CPVR protection over the past 25 years

You can download below a full PDF copy of the new CPVO leaflet: Protecting New Plant Varieties in Europe since 1995.


CPVO leaflet: Protecting New Plant Varieties in Europe since 1995