Complaints about the increased testing fee for DUS testing

25 maart 2015

Naktuinbouw received complaints about the increase in testing fees for DUS testing.
The complaints seem to focus mainly on the increase of the fees for DUS testing which are charged by the CPVO as from the 1st of January 2015. For some species groups the increase is rather significant. We would like to explain you why.

European Plant Breeders’ Rights

This increase has been caused in order to meet the wish from the seed industry for more transparency and covering the costs. With the increase of the fees the percentage of the covering of the DUS-testing costs will be 85. This means that 85% of the costs of the DUS testing is covered by the fees and 15% by the annual fee. Some fees were rated less than 65% of the actual costs of the DUS testing. This involves the costs made during the actual DUS test. The increase of the DUS testing has been compensated by the CPVO with a lowering of the application fee and the annual fee.

It is the intention to cover the total costs with 100%. It concerns costs that are really made for the execution of the DUS testing. 

Besides that aspect also the structure of the species and their fee groups has been simplified by combining a number of fee groups. The combination of these aspects may lead to a strong increase for several species groups. For more information about the current fees for the European Plant Breeders’ Rights, please consult the information on the website of the CPVO.

National Plant Breeders’ Rights
As far as it concerns the fees for DUS testing on national applications (costs are charged by Naktuinbouw), the percentage of the covering costs has not been modified. The Dutch Board for Plant Varieties does not charge an annual fee so all costs for the execution of the DUS testing are totally covered by the testing fees. The fees for the DUS testing have been increased with 2%. Besides that the structure of the species and their fee groups has been adapted. The structure of the Dutch DUS testing fees is now largely the same as the structure of the DUS testing fees at the CPVO.

For more information about the current fees for applications for national Plant Breeders’ Rights and/or listing, please consult the information on the website of the Dutch Board for Plant Varieties.

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