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CIOPORA Strongly Welcomes CPVR Inclusion into the EU IP Action Plan

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Brussels/Hamburg, November 27 – The EU Commission has included the revision of the Community Plant Variety Right (CPVR) Regulation 2100/94 into the IP Action Plan, published on November 25. By doing so, the Commission responded to the joint request inititated by CIOPORA and supported by AIPH, Euroseeds and Plantum, as well as by many CIOPORA breeder members, in August 2020.

As the EU Commission launched a public consultation on the IP Roadmap in July 2020, the Community Plant Variety Rights were not mentioned. Responding to this shortcoming, CIOPORA raised concerns about the loopholes in the CPVR system pinpointing the importance of the effective protection for plant breeders for the EU economy and maximizing the EU’s innovation potential. CIOPORA’s advocacy effort has resonated with the authorities: the IP plan foresees a possible CPVR review in late 2022. CIOPORA also welcomes the intended integration of data on Plant Variety Rights in the IP enforcement portal managed by the EUIPO, as well as the expressed intention of the EU Commission to speak with a strong and united voice in UPOV, The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.

CIOPORA Secretary General Dr Edgar Krieger said: "Already during the evaluation of the Community Plant Variety Right acquis in 2011, CIOPORA pinpointed the shortcomings of the CPVR system for vegetatively reproduced crops. Main points of CIOPORA’s concern were the weak provisional protection and insufficient protection of harvested material. Exactly these shortcomings then became the subject matter of the so-called Nadorcott Case (C-176/18) before the Court of Justice of the European Union, resulting in a decision with negative implications for breeders. We are pleased that the EU commission recognized the need to act on these shortcomings.”

CIOPORA pleads to continuously provide input to the discussion on the improvement of Community Plant Variety Rights in the EU and to contribute to further development of the system.

Press contact: Ms. Anna Kaehne,, T: +49 40 555 63 702


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CIOPORA is the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Varieties. Breeders of such varieties account for two-thirds of all Plant Variety Rights (PVR) titles in the world. For almost 60 years, CIOPORA has represented these breeders in all matters of Intellectual Property (IP) protection and aims to foster an environment in which the innovation of these breeders can flourish. CIOPORA is a member-based, non-profit organization.

The CIOPORA Academy is a specialized international education program on IP for plants tailored to the needs of the green sector. The formats include small-group workshops and live webinars. Our learner community consists of plant breeders and other participants of the green value chain, as well as IP lawyers and patent attorneys. With its unique workshop and webinar programs that have been frequented by hundreds of professionals from over 25 countries so far, the CIOPORA Academy aspires to be a global reference program on IP for the green business.


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