Plant variety rights are a form of intellectual property, distinct from patents and trade marks, specifically designed to protect new varieties of plants that meet the criteria of being distinct, uniform and stable (DUS). In Europe it is not possible to obtain patent protection for a plant variety as such or for an essentially biological process, such as a plant breeding method. Therefore, plant variety rights enable plant breeders to obtain exercisable rights in the plant varieties they develop.
If you have a new plant variety, you can apply to the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) for European-wide protection. Alternatively, if you are only interested in obtaining protection in the UK, your application can be filed at the UK Plant Variety Rights Office (PVRO). We are experienced in filing applications for UK and Community plant variety rights, and advise clients on strategies for obtaining plant variety protection in other jurisdictions around the world.