Plant Variety Rights in Jeopardy
With the end of the Brexit transition period, UK title holders and UK applicants that have not yet appointed a procedural representative in the territory of the EU, jeopardize their Community Plant Variety rights or applications.
Therefore the CPVO (Community Plant Variety Office) will address a formal letter to them during January. In this communication they will be given an opportunity to remedy the situation within a month.
Title holders and applicants are reminded that if no swift action is taken, the CPVO will initiate a cancellation procedure for the titles concerned or a refusal procedure for ongoing applications.
It is possible to comply with the above promptly in completing the necessary paperwork signed by the concerned holder or applicant by email at: [email protected]
Other applicants and titleholders from third countries but still being represented by a UK based procedural representative need also to appoint a procedural representative in the territory of the EU.
Commenting on this situation, Graham Spencer (above) from Plants for Europe said 'Of course, we can help breeders with this issue through our Dutch company, Plants For Europe B.V. However, it remains very important that breeders and rights owners act quickly to resolve this matter. They should contact us today for help!'