Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 11 March 2004.

Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH v Werner Jäger.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf - Germany.

Plant varieties - System of protection - Article 14(3) of Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 and Articles 3(2) and 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1768/95 - Organisation of holders - Meaning - Organisation's obligation to act only for its members - Use by farmers of the product of the harvest - Obligation to provide information to the holder of the Community right.

Case C-182/01.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
17/04/2004 Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungsgesellschaft
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2004:135
11/03/2004 Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungsgesellschaft
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2004:135
11/03/2004 Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungsgesellschaft
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2002:644
07/11/2002 Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungsgesellschaft
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Reports of Cases

2004 I-02263

Subject-matter

Preliminary ruling ─ Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf ─ Interpretation of Article 3 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1768/95 implementing rules on the agricultural exemption provided for in Article 14(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 on Community plant variety rights ─ "Organisation of holders", "collectively by several holders" ─ Whether a limited company may act in its own name in the interests of (i) its shareholders (ii) members of an association which is a shareholder or (iii) third parties (neither members nor shareholders) who have given it a mandate (for remuneration); Interpretation of the sixth indent of Article 14(3) of Council Regulation No 2100/94 and Article 8 of Commission Regulation No 1768/95 ─ Conditions for holders to be entitled to request information from farmers in the absence of evidence of use within the meaning of Article 13(2) of Regulation No 2100/94.

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-03 Agriculture
    B-03.06 Harmonization of laws
      B-03.06.04 Protection of new plant varieties
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-03 Agriculture
    B-03.06 Harmonization of laws
      B-03.06.04 Protection of new plant varieties


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14 : paragraph 47
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14P3 : paragraph 45
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14P3T6 : paragraphs 1, 62
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A01 : paragraph 45
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A03P1 : paragraph 46
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A03P2 : paragraphs 1, 48, 51 - 58
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A04P3 : paragraph 61
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08 : paragraphs 1, 62
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -287/98 : paragraph 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -305/00 : paragraphs 60, 61
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -40/01 : paragraph 50

Operative part

  • Interprets : Regulation 2100/94 -A14P3T6
  • Interprets : Regulation 1768/95 -A03P2
  • Interprets : Regulation 1768/95 -A08

Opinion

  • Regulation 2100/94 : point 40
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A13 : point 35
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14 : points 36, 38
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14P1 : point 41
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14P2 : point 41
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14P3 : point 1
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A14P3T6 : point 58
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A27 : point 46
  • Regulation 2100/94 -C5 : point 35
  • Regulation 1768/95 : point 42
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A03P2 : points 1, 19 - 22, 25, 38
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08 : points 1, 38, 43, 58
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P2LA : point 48
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P2LB : point 48
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P2LC : point 48
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P2LD : point 48
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P2LE : point 48
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P2LF : point 48
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P3L2 : point 54
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P5 : point 53
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A08P6 : point 53
  • Regulation 1768/95 -A14 : point 52
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -292/82 : point 56
  • Court of Justice - Order C -17/98 : point 30
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -223/98 : point 56
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -301/98 : point 56
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -305/00 : points 28, 30
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -305/00 : point 37
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -466/00 : point 30


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 26/04/2001

Date of the Opinion

  • 07/11/2002

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

11/03/2004


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 200 from 14.07.2001, p.47

Judgment: OJ C 94 from 17.04.2004, p.1

Name of the parties

Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungsgesellschaft

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Ruzek, Vincent: Chronique de jurisprudence communautaire agricole (2004-2005), Revue de droit rural 2007 nº 350 p.24-25



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • - Plant varieties
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

cinquième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

von Bahr

Advocate General

Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish