ANGERS, France: In the second half of 2013, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) received 1,548 applications for Community plant variety rights which represent an increase of 146 applications (+ 10 %) as compared to the same period of 2012.
However, this increase was not observed in all crop sectors: in absolute numbers the rise was particularly remarkable for ornamentals for which 844 applications were received (+ 136 applications; + 19 %) and in relative numbers for vegetables for which 250 applications were received (+ 49 applications; + 24 %). For fruit species the application numbers were on the increase to 144 which are 8 applications more (+ 5 %). By contrast, for agricultural crops only 310 applications were received which are 47 applications less (– 13 %) than in the second half of 2012.
When looking at the figures for the entire year, the increase in application numbers is even more prominent: the Office received in total 3 297 applications in 2013 (+ 429 applications; + 14.9 %). Also here, the crop sectors contributed in different degree to this number: for ornamentals, 1 655 applications (+ 249 applications; + 17 %), for vegetables, 587 applications (+ 139 applications; + 31 %), for fruits, 255 applications (+ 22 applications; + 9 %) and for agricultural crops, 800 applications (+ 19 applications; + 2 %) were received.