CJEU on the obligation of the supplier to provide information on the protected varieties

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IPPT20121115, CJEU, RWZ v STV

PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS

 

Establishing and scope of obligation supplier of processing services to provide information on protected varieties

 

"43. [...] that the obligation of the supplier of processing services to provide information on the protected varieties in question is established if the request for information referring to a given marketing year was submitted before the expiry of that marketing year. However, there may be such an obligation so far as concerns information relating to up to three preceding marketing years, in so far as the holder of a Community plant variety right submitted a first request in respect of the same varieties and the same supplier of processing services during the first of the preceding marketing years covered by the request for information."

 

Request for information to supplier or processing services does not need to contain evidence of obligation of farmer to comply

 

"43. [...] that the request for information made by the holder of a Community plant variety right to a supplier of processing services need not contain evidence to support the indications put forward therein. Moreover, the fact that a farmer has planted under contract a protected plant variety cannot, by itself, constitute an indication that a supplier of processing services has processed or intends to process the product of the harvest obtained by planting propagating material of that variety for planting. Such a fact may, however, in the light of the other circumstances of the case, lead to the conclusion that there is such an indication, which is for the referring court to determine in the dispute before it."

 

IPPT20121115, CJEU, RWZ v STV

 

C-56/11 - ECLI:EU:C:2012:713