The EPO has signed an Administrative Arrangement with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) to enhance their cooperation.
The two organisations agreed to further strengthen their relationship through the exchange of information in the area of plant-related patents and plant variety rights.
The EPO and the CPVO agreed to a number of measures which will increase transparency between the two organisations by sharing working practices regarding the use of their databases and other work tools. In addition there will be a greater exchange of knowledge and information through joint training activities to increase technical awareness and legal expertise. This will be complemented by the organisation and participation of the two offices in conferences, courses, workshops and other meetings of mutual interest.