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CPVO's Revised Guidelines Detail the Variety Denomination Assessment Process

On December 10, the Administrative Council of CPVO had adopted the revised Guidelines on variety denominations with Explanatory Notes that came into force on January 1, 2022. The updated documents aim at assisting applicants in their choice of variety denominations in compliance with Article 63 of Basic regulation 2100/94 (Basic regulation) and facilitating the assessment of variety denominations by national authorities. The Guidelines and the Explanatory Notes are available for download as a merged document, containing, along with the rules and requirements, an abundance of both suitable and not suitable variety denomination examples.

Most notable provisions

The revised Guidelines detail the application of the requirements to variety denominations set out in Articles 63(3) and 63(4) of the Basic Regulation. Article 1 explicitly states that any person who offe