ANGERS, France, June 8, 2012: In the first five months of 2012, the Community Plant Variety Office received 1,182 applications for Community plant variety rights. This corresponds to a drop of 17.57% compared to the same period of 2011, a record year during which 1,434 applications were filed in the first five months.
For ornamentals, the number of applications decreased by 28.31% (199 fewer applications); for vegetables, the decrease was 7.89% (18 fewer applications) and for agricultural crops 13.13% (57 fewer applications). Only for fruit applications, an increase in number of 31.88% (22 more applications) has been recorded.
The drop in application number may represent a balance to the high application number filed in 2011. Likewise, it seems possible that applicants are waiting for the reduced application fee currently under discussion.