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This book is intended as a practical guide to the European Community plant variety protection system under Council Regulation (EC) 2100/94. This system was introduced to enable breeders to protect in Europe new varieties of plants with a tailor-made intellectual property right. The plant breeding industry is an important sector in the European Community with an increasingly competitive atmosphere forcing breeders to protect their products and enforce their IP rights against competitors.
This book provides a systematic approach to the Community plant variety protection system. The authors explain how to obtain plant variety protection and how to enforce rights to that protection. They also consider various interpretations of the provisions of the Regulation as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the system.
The book covers the only existing system protecting plant breeders' interests, and will be the only comprehensive up-to-date resource on Community Plant Variety Rights.
Readership: Practitioners (both lawyers and patent attorneys), regulators and officials involved in this sector, judges, plant breeders and members of their associations, academics
1. Introduction; 2. The Community Plant Variety Office; 3. Substantive Law; 4. Proceedings Before the Office and Procedural Rules; 5. Remedies against Decisions of the Office and Further Proceedings; 6. Rights Granted; 7. The Enforcement of Community Plant Variety Rights; APPENDICES; 1. Council Regulation (EC) No 2100/94; 2. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1239/95; 3. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1238/95