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The impact of CPVRs on the EU economy and the environment

During the last days of April, CIOPORA Legal Counsel, Selena Travaglio, participated in the policy seminar organized by the Community Plant Variety Office, where the study on the economic and environmental impact of CPVRs was launched. In this article, the lawyer analyses the most interesting points for our breeder community.

By Selena Travaglio

Last April 28th, the European Study on the "Impact of the Community Plant Variety Rights system on the EU economy and the environment" was presented in the framework of the policy seminar “Plant Variety Protection: the path towards more sustainability, innovation and growth in the European Union”, hosted by the CPVO in Angers.

The importance of this work - carried out jointly by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) - lies not only in its content, but also in its ´symbolic´ value. This is the first time that a study dwells upon specific aspects of agriculture and horticulture, shedding light, data in hand, on the starring role of the CPVR system in output growth in EU agriculture over the last years. CPVRs (and PVRs, more generally) are, indeed, often seen as minor IP rights compared to patents, trademarks or copyright and therefore disregarded, or barely mentioned, in IP-related projects, publications or studies. Main Outcomes from the Study As reported by Dr. Nathan Wajsman, Chief Economist of the EUIPO, in presenting the study results, taking as a reference the years since the establishment of the CPVR system, a significant yield growth has been observed, despite a declining input use by farmers.