In 2018, the CPVO continued to work with a network of universities to raise awareness of PVR among students and academics. In this regard, the CPVO has continued to be one of the partner institutions of the European Institutes of Intellectual Property Network Innovation Society joint promotion for the promotion of research in the field of intellectual property. This has led to several doctorates, one of which is in the range of plant varieties. In addition, for the fourth year, the CPVO continues its collaboration with the universities of Alicante (Magister Lvcentinvs) and Strasbourg (Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies). For alumni of both universities, several successful internships were given under IP law. In particular, the CPVO supports Master Lvcentinvs, the Master in IP at the University of Alicante, who has set up a special intensive course for PVRs. The CPVO collaborated with the Faculty of Law of the University of Alicante to offer Spanish judges and prosecutors a special course on PVRs. The CPVO continues to work with the Angers Higher School of Business Sciences, the Angers-based business school, as part of the European Sustainable Development Policy course and with the University of Wageningen. In 2018, CPVO signed a cooperation agreement with the Munich Intellectual Property Centre to strengthen cooperation in the field of PVR research. As part of this cooperation, a study course at the CPVO was offered to a doctoral researcher. Finally, the CPVO began working with Maastricht University to offer a PVR course to IP master`s students. In C – 308/18 P – “Gala Schnico” on November 8, 2018, the court dismissed the appeal as unfounded.
On 11 December 2014, Schniga GmbH, the applicant, appealed the CPVO`s decision to reject a CPVR application for the “Gala Schnico” variety for lack of uniformity. On April 22, 2016, the Board of Appeal dismissed the appeal. The applicant appealed to the Tribunal to have the decision of the Board of Appeal overturned. The court dismissed the appeal. The applicant then lodged a new appeal before the Court on 7 May 2018, challenging the Tribunal`s judgment for two main reasons: the misinterpretation of the CPVO`s obligation to submit automatically, as defined in Article 76 in connection with Article 72 of the FRG, an extension of the technical period for consideration of the candidate or a new place for examination of the candidate. The applicant also submitted that its right to be heard had not been respected. The Court found that the appeal was unfounded on both grounds and ordered Schniga GmbH to pay the costs of appeal. Following the adoption of an international relations strategy on October 9, 2014, the CVO HQ adopted the revised strategy on October 4, 2017.
The new document builds on the 2014 strategy and sets up a broad framework of initiatives to strengthen the importance of LVPs for food security, support for economic development in the rural sector and facilitation of technology transfer.