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Plant Variety Property Rights and Genetic Resources
1. COMMUNITY PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS
A system for the protection of plant variety rights has been established by Community legislation. The system allows intellectual property rights, valid throughout the Community, to be granted for plant varieties. The Community plant variety right (CPVR) is a form of intellectual property akin to a patent. The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers (France) implements and applies this scheme. On the basis of one application to the CPVO, a breeder may be granted a single intellectual property right operative throughout the European Community. The system is based on the four underlying regulations:
2. PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES CONSERVATION
This area includes two activities: