The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) is an European Union agency, which manages a system of plant variety rights covering the 28 Member States. A system for the protection of plant variety rights has been established by Community legislation. The system allows intellectual property rights, valid throughout the Community, to be granted for plant varieties.
The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) implements and applies this scheme. The CPVO has been operating since 27 April 1995. On 6 December 1996, the Intergovernmental Conference of representatives of the Member States (IGC) decided that the seat of the CPVO would be in Angers (France). The CPVO, which is a decentralised Community agency, has its own legal status. It is self-financing, mainly on the basis of the various fees paid.