Welcome to the PINTO database

PINTO (Patent Information and Transparency On-line) has been created with the aim of improving transparency regarding the fact whether plant varieties fall under the scope of patents (or patent applications). Although there are many publicly accessible patent databases ESA’s unique project provides the link between a plant variety and a patent (or patent application), 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. We are glad, also, to make PINTO available more generally. It can prove to be a useful and valuable tool in the 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 directly access the search form.

When creating your account to become a PINTO user you will have to accept the PINTO Terms of Use, including the Disclaimers. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the said Terms of Use and Disclaimers before you start using PINTO. When using PINTO it is very important to remember that PINTO is set up based on the voluntary contribution of patent holders and licensees. The contribution of each patent holder and/or licensee depends on its own interpretation of the scope of the patents and may not always extend to all varieties that relate to a particular patent or patent application and that are commercialized or registered in the EU and/or EFTA countries. In this respect, it is also underlined that not all varieties mentioned in PINTO that fall under the scope of a certain patent (or patent application) are commercialized by the patent holder: they might also be commercialized by licensees.

Further on, please note that PINTO is only updated twice a year. The last update took place on July 20, 2018.

For the above reasons, PINTO is not and will never be an exhaustive and fully correct and up to date inventory of the varieties concerned by pending or granted patents and, as a consequence, cannot serve as a tool for complete FTO (Freedom to Operate) searches. It is intended to be one tool to contribute to such FTO searches. Users should check other sources of information to gather further elements relevant for their FTO searches.

For more information on other public research tools related to patents or plant varieties click 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 the patent family can be checked.

For information regarding protection by plant breeder's rights in Europe the database of applications and titles in foce of the Community Plant Varietu Office (CPVO) should be consulted.