Joining forces with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published a study highlighting the important contributions of the Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) system on the EU economy and environment over the past 25 years. The study also looks at the potential of the CPVR system to help meet the European Commission's Green Deal objectives.
The study finds that plant variety innovations supported by the CPVR have led to a significant production increase. This resulted in feeding an additional 57 million people world-wide (arable crops), 38 million in the case of fruit, and 28 million for vegetables. The high production outputs also enabled much higher employment rates in the EU's agricultural sector.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) protecting their inventions with CPVRs account for more than 90% of the registrants of CPVRs and hold 60% of all CPVRs currently in force.
- Publication date
- 2 May 2022