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.


In cooperation with the European IP Helpdesk, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) organised two webinars explaining the process and requirements for technical examinations (DUS tests) of plant varieties applying for Community Plant Variety Rights. This webinar (Part I) is presented by Anne Weitz, CPVO's technical expert for agriculture species, who explains how the CPVO carries out technical examinations with a particular focus on seed propagated species.

Part II of the webinar focusses on vegetatively propagated plant species and is available on CPVO Youtube Channel.

Structure of the presentation:

  • Explanation of the technical requirements for a Community Plant Variety Right (CPVR)
  • DUS test – what does it mean?
  • The DUS testing network of the CPVO: what it is and how does it work?
  • The relation between the CPVO, applicants and examination offices

This webinar can also be watched on the European IP Helpdesk website.