French National Office for Plant Breeders’ Rights

A specialised organisation at your service to guide you through your applications for plant variety protection.


  • Receive, register, and process applications for plant variety rights (PVR), and also objections to the grant of a right.
  • Maintain the different registers for plant variety rights and ensure that all applications and granting documents are saved and published.
  • Publish information concerning applications, grants, and variety denominations via the INOV Official Gazette (monthly electronic publication).
  • Collaborate with all competent authorities on issues regarding variety denominations and technical examinations, including the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the Community Plant Variety Office and its Examination Offices, and foreign national offices for plant variety protection.
  • Prepare plant variety rights and deliver all certified copies.
  • Ensure the inspection of the conservation of varieties holding plant variety rights.
  • Assist with the preparation of regulatory documents concerning plant variety protection, participate in preparing and negotiating international agreements to facilitate and improve plant variety protection.


Find out more about plant variety protection



The French National Office for Plant Breeders' Rights reports to the Ministry of Agriculture. The Head of INOV is appointed directly by the Ministry with an official notice of appointment, and carries out his or her duties independently of any other hierarchical or supervising authority.  


Rules and regulations

  • Act no. 2011-1843 of 08 December 2011 on Plant Variety Rights.
  • Decree no. 2014-731 of 27 June 2014 on the French National Office for Plant Breeders’ Rights.
  • Notice of 25 October 2016 concerning the nomination of the Head of INOV.


Our services



Access to the Official INOV Gazette, with the option of receiving an e-alert for upcoming editions. 

Variety Denomination Testing

On request from the INOV secretariat (fee charged)

All applicants, if they wish, may request INOV to check denomination availability and examine a series of denomination propositions prior to future applications.  



INOV is run by a two-person team:

  • Yvane MERESSE

Head of INOV activities

  • Catherine MALATIER

INOV Assistant


2 December 1961 International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants – UPOV

11 June 1970 Plant Variety Protection Act

7 June 1971 Creation of French Plant Variety by Decree No. 71-454

27 July 1994 CPVO established with Regulation No. 2100/94

8 December 2011 INOV set up by Act No. 2011-1843

27 April 2012 France signs the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention (currently in force)

27 June 2014 Decree No. 2014-731 regarding INOV


9 September 2014 Nomination of 1st Head of INOV

25 October 2016 Nomination of 2nd Head of INOV


In 2011, INOV replaced the French Committee for Plant Variety Protection (CPOV) and in March 2012 joined GEVES at its Head Office in Beaucouzé.


INOV's offices are based at the GEVES Head Office.


25 rue Georges Morel

CS 90024

49071 BEAUCOUZE cédex


Tel. +33(0)2 41 22 86 22