Community Plant Variety Office commits to addressing rights holders Brexit concerns

The Community Plant Variety Office says members are asking whether existing titles will still be valid in the UK following Brexit - and if titles granted by the CPVO post-Brexit be valid in the UK

Graham Spencer
Graham Spencer

The organisation said: "The impact of the UK’s departure on the EU plant variety rights (PVR) system will largely depend on the relationship that the UK now seeks with the EU.

"The CPVO is following developments with regard to the UK government's negotiations with the EU, as future schemes of CPV Rights collaboration between the EU and the UK will be wholly subject to these negotiations."

It added: "It is important that a user-friendly solution is found which will not add to unnecessary administrative work for EU breeders seeking protection in the UK, and UK breeders seeking protection at EU level.

"The Office will work closely with the European Commission as it confirms the arrangements for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, but at this stage there are few clear answers."

"The CPVO remains wholeheartedly committed to working with its EU partners, but also to cooperating with the UK based on its chosen path. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations, the CPVO will work with the European Commission to ensure it continues to deliver high quality PVR services to breeders in the EU and the UK alike".

Plants for Europe owner Graham Spencer said: "I’m not sure that the CPVO says much that we did not know. However, one can infer from it that the CPVO takes a positive view of future collaboration with the UK authorities during and after the Brexit process. I’m also encouraged that they seem to be seeking to minimise the impact on applicants and rights holders."

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