Welcome to the PINTO database
PINTO (Patent Information and Transparency On-line) has been created with the aim of improving transparency regarding the patent status of plant varieties. Although there are many publicly accessible patent databases ESA’s unique project provides the link between a plant variety and a patent, information which is currently not available elsewhere.
The primary goal of PINTO is to allow breeders to make a more informed choice when deciding on the varieties to be used in a breeding program. Nevertheless, PINTO can prove to be a useful and valuable tool also in the daily work of farmers, growers, researchers or any other interested party.
The main feature of PINTO is the search tool function which allows users to look through the content of the database on the basis of a number of search criteria such as variety denomination, species, patent number, patent holder or keyword.
In order to become a user an account has to be created which can be done by clicking on the “Register” button. If you are already a registered user click on “Go to database” to quickly access the search form.
The information included in PINTO is updated every 6 months. The last update took place on January 12, 2015
For more information on other public research tools related to patents or plant varieties here.
For all types of patent searches in Europe the most valuable tool is espacenet the on-line database of the European Patent Office where all relevant information on European patent families can be checked.
For patent searches worldwide the database of WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization,PATENTSCOPE is quite useful where a huge number of patent documents can be searched.
If you want to search for patents outside Europe consult the databases of the national patent offices. A collection of a number of national patent or IP databases can be found here
For information regarding protection by plant breeder’s rights in Europe the database of applications and titles in force of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) should be consulted.
For information on the list of varieties of agricultural and vegetable species allowed for commercialization in the European Union you should search the EU Common Catalogue