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Other Issues (05-12-2005)

Commissioner Kyprianou to visit Community Plant Variety Office

Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, will make his first official visit to the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers (France), on the 6th December 2005. The Commissioner will have the opportunity to meet the staff of the CPVO, including the CPVO Administrative Council Chairman, Carlos Pereira Godinho and vice Chairman, Mr Heinz-Peter Zach, and CPVO President Bart Kiewiet will make a presentation on the EU system for plant variety rights. The Commissioner will also meet local French authorities and representatives of the breeders’ organizations during his visit.  
The CPVO is the European agency responsible for implementing and applying the system for the protection of plant variety rights, as established under EU legislation (Regulation 2100/94). This system allows intellectual property rights, valid throughout the EU, to be granted for plant varieties. Since June 1995, the CPVO has processed more than 23 700 applications, resulting in over 16 000 plant variety rights being granted. The EU system for plant variety rights is now the largest in the world, and the scale of the work done by the EU agency reflects the value breeders place on having a solid system through which they can commercialize their varieties throughout the EU.
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