EU Community Plant Variety Office: Information on Brexit in relation to plant variety rights
May. 14, 2020
During the transition period, it is “business as usual” for applicants and plant variety right holders in the EU. Once the transition period will end, applicants and holders of Community plant variety rights established in the United Kingdom will have to designate a procedural representative domiciled or having a seat in the EU territory. Until the end of the transition period, neither a refusal of applications nor the cancellation of existing rights will occur based on the non-designation of a procedural representative in EU27 for UK applicants/holders or applicants/holders represented by UK procedural representatives.
The designation agreements that the CPVO had entered into with the UK based examination offices expired on the date of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January 2020. As a consequence, DUS reports established by the UK examination offices cannot be used anymore by the CPVO as basis for granting a Community plant variety right.
 A third country is a country not member of the EU.
 Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, OJ L 29, 31.1.2020, p. 7 (“Withdrawal Agreement”).
 The transition period may, before 1 July 2020, be extended once for up to 1 or 2 years (Article 132(1) of the Withdrawal Agreement). The UK government has so far ruled out such an extension.
 Subject to certain exceptions provided for in Article 127 of the Withdrawal Agreement, none of which is relevant in the context of this notice.
The CPVO has compiled BREXIT-related information relevant to our stakeholders:
Notice to Stakeholders regarding the withdrawal of the UK and the EU rules in the field of Plant Variety rights
Proposed Withdrawal Agreement pending the necessary internal procedures by the Union and the UK
Technical notice on DEFRA website
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