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I hope you are well and safe wherever you are.
Most of the Community Plant Variety Rights system’s institutional actors will meet in The Netherlands this week, as the Administrative Council (AC) of the CPVO will hold its second meeting of the year in Amsterdam.
At the initiative of our current Chairman Mr. Marien Valstar, the group will visit several Dutch breeding companies on Thursday. We will host the formal AC meeting at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday.
I look forward to meeting CPVO’s most important institutional partners...
As Summer has just started, it is time for me to provide you with a few updates on CPVO’s activities!
Spring was very busy and productive. Firstly, I had the privilege to welcome many of you in Angers in April! It was excellent to meet in person the Members of the Administrative Council after two years of pandemic and virtual meetings.
It was also very refreshing and rewarding to host the launch event of our joint EUIPO-CPVO study measuring the impact of the Community Plant variety Rights system on the EU economy and the environment. Thank you to the...
A short word of introduction for a rather complete newsletter.
First of all, let me tell you that I am extremely happy to be President of the CPVO since 1st February 2022.
You will find below a video interview which gives an idea of my priorities for the next five years, but one thing is sure: I want the CPVO to become as efficient and valuable as possible for all stakeholders, plant breeders and innovators of all sizes.
Europe is facing many challenges, such as meeting its green deal objectives and securing agricultural crops and food access...
At the time I am writing this foreword to the newsletter, I was informed that the Council of Ministers of the EU just confirmed my appointment as President of the CPVO.
The decision was adopted on Monday 20 December after I was recommended by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union (COREPER) to fill the vacancy left by former CPVO’s President Martin Ekvad.
This is a real honour for me and the beginning of a new adventure. Even though I will officially take up my duties in the coming weeks and there will be more communication in...
Let me start this newsletter by highlighting a very important and positive regulatory development for plant breeders. As of Monday next, the validity of CPVRs for varieties of the species Asparagus officinalis L. and of the species groups flower bulbs, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals will be extended by five years, according to the conditions established in Regulation 2021/1873.
This change testifies the importance of a robust and efficient IP protection system. The extension of protection gives a better incentive to breeders who invest in the...
I hope you have had a safe and pleasant summer break.
Several important things have happened at the CPVO since the publication of our last newsletter, and I wish to take the opportunity of today’s newsletter to convey, on behalf of the whole CPVO team, a message of appreciation and gratitude to our former President Martin Ekvad, who completed his second and last mandate on the 31st of August.
Martin Ekvad’s achievements and contributions to the EU PVR system are impressive, and he will always be at home at the CPVO. You can find below a couple of...
A number of very interesting reports were published in the last few weeks, and the CPVO is using its newsletter to draw your attention on them!
Two reports were released by the European Commission on 29 April and were subsequently presented to the Council. The first one is a study on the Union’s options to update the existing legislation on the production & marketing of plant reproductive material. The second one is a study looking at how New Genomic Techniques (NGT) are being regarded under Union law.
The conclusions of both studies seem to...
Welcome to the CPVO monthly newsletter and let me wish you a belated happy world intellectual property (IP) day. The celebrations took place on 26 April, and I wish to recall that Intellectual Property rights are essential to protect and increase the competitiveness of those who dare to innovate.
The IP Day 2021 focuses on SMEs and I wish to thank and congratulate all breeders, in particular SMEs, who create new plant varieties that are fit for today’s sustainable and global challenges.
Spring has come and flowers have started to bloom. Many of us will have a short break or celebrate Easter in a few days and there is hope that COVID vaccination will speed up across Europe.
Earlier in March I met with the US Department of Agriculture. We agreed that the CPVO would publish information on the fact that DUS reports from the CPVO and its entrusted Examinations Offices from across the EU can be accepted for all asexually reproduced plant variety applications in the USA. This is a positive development for plant breeders and a good example of the...
After a year since the outbreak, COVID-19 is still present and a reality around us. The European Commission and Member States are working hard to secure timely vaccinations for all, but it will still take time before we can go back to a life that at least resembles the life we were used to one year ago.
Although most of CPVO staff are teleworking and all internal and external meetings remain “virtual”, as you can see in the calendar section of this newsletter, the EU plant variety protection system is doing well. The statistics published below bear witness to...
Happy New Year!
I hope you have had a relaxing break over the Christmas period, and I take the opportunity of this newsletter to wish you and your dear ones a happy, healthy and productive 2021!
2020 was a turmoiled year for us all: in Europe and across the world, people’s lives and business activities were disrupted by the COVID pandemic. Some of us even fell sick or lost relatives or friends. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to everyone who suffered directly from the situation and I wish to share a positive message for the year we’ve just...
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Welcome to the new digital newsletter of the Community Plant Variety Office!
The format has been modernised and it will be published more regularly so that it is up to date with our latest news. We hope that this will contribute to further engagement with you, our closest professional partners, institutional stakeholders and users of the EU plant variety protection system.
2020 has been a very challenging year for all of us because of the COVID pandemic. We are now in constant virtual meetings and we are missing the...