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The EUIPO and the CPVO Sign a Service Level Agreement

27-Jul-2021 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 1071
ALICANTE - The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) signed a new Service Level Agreement (SLA) which entered into force on July 21, 2021, according to the official website of EUIPO.

The EUIPO and the CPVO operate in the field of intellectual property (IP) rights with similar operational and budgetary structures which are based on fees charged for services provided to industry. The EUIPO manages the registration of trademarks and designs while the CPVO is in charge of the protection of plant variety rights. Both organizations are part of a network of 48 decentralized EU agencies working to implement EU policies in fields as diverse as space, medicine, education, fundamental rights and IP.

The scope of the new SLA is wide and covers a series of key activities in different operational and administrative areas, such as the organization of webinars on IP matters, the sharing of information in the context of the eSearch Case Law database, as well as cooperation on data protection, internal audits, development and deployment of IT services, training, and HR selection procedures.

This new SLA shows that the EUIPO and the CPVO are ready to continue cooperating and sharing services to strengthen their strategic partnership and generate effective economies of scale while respecting one another’s autonomy.

The EUIPO and the CPVO have cooperated and shared services in the past in line with the recommendations of the Common Approach promoted by the European Commission which has increased their efficiency and accountability. Earlier this year, an SLA was signed for EUIPO support to the CPVO Board of Appeal.

Closer partnership between EU agencies improve efficiency, reduces administrative burden and creates higher quality services for companies, Member States and EU citizens in general.
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