Workshops & Webinars on IP for Plants and Plant Breeding

Featured Speakers
Prof. Steven J. Knapp

Prof. Steven J. Knapp

Prof. Steven J. Knapp
UC Davis

Steven J. Knapp is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Strawberry Breeding Program , Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.  He is an expert on plant breeding, quantitative genetics, and genomics and has extensive experience with single-cross hybrid breeding systems in heterotic species.  His past research primarily focused on the breeding, genetics, and genomics of sunflower, peanut, and industrial oilseeds.  His current research focuses on strawberry, with emphases on developing high-yielding disease resistant cultivars, breeding and genetics of fruit quality and shelf-life traits, the development of genomic and bioinformatic resources, and the application of genome-informed breeding approaches in strawberry.  He was previously Global Director of Vegetable Breeding Technology at Monsanto (2009-2015), Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics at the University of Georgia (2004-2009), and Professor and Paul C. Berger Endowed Chair at Oregon State University (1985-2004).  He teaches Quantitative Genetics at UC Davis (2015-Present) and previously taught Advanced Plant Breeding and Quantitative Genetics at OSU (1985-2004).

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss, Managing Director of Computomics, founded Computomics together with a very experienced board of scientific advisors from ETH Zurich, Max Planck Institute for Biology and the University of Tübingen. Sebastian studied Bioinformatics at University of Michigan and Tübingen. He worked on Machine Learning research and its application to biological data for his PhD degree at the Max Planck Institute for Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory. He brings startup experience, bioinformatics skills and machine learning expertise to Computomics.

Computomics brings superior prediction accuracy and unprecedented integration of phenotyping, genotyping, management, and environmental data to agriculture, enabling its clients to produce stable, value-added crops.

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Holger Puchta is director of the Botanical Institute and holds since 2002 the Chair of Plant Molecular Biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. He studied biochemistry at the universities of Tübingen and Munich. After being a research fellow at the Friedrich-Miescher-Institute in Basel he was a group leader at the IPK in Gatersleben. He was worldwide the first scientist to demonstrate that molecular scissors can be applied to induce different kinds of controlled change in plant genomes and one of the leading scientists adopting the CRISPR/Cas technology to plants. Recently his group was able to achieve another important breakthrough for breeding: CRISPR/Cas mediated plant chromosome engineering. For his work on plant genome engineering, he was named “Pioneer of Plant Biotechnology” by the Plant Biotechnology Journal. He is a highly cited researcher and was awarded twice with the prestigious advanced grant of the European Research Council.


What is The CIOPORA Academy?

The CIOPORA Academy is a specialized international education program on IP for plants tailored to the needs of the green sector. The formats include small-group workshops held several times a year in different locations across the world and live webinars. Our lecturers are renowned IP experts and experienced legal practitioners.

Who should enroll?

The CIOPORA Academy offers workshops and webinars for breeders, propagators, growers, traders active in horticulture, as well as students of agricultural and horticultural specializations. Our workshops may also be beneficial for IPR managers, IP lawyers, in-house counsels and patent attorneys looking to expand their expertise in the unique area of plant IP.

What will I learn?

The CIOPORA Academy combines learning and networking. It encompasses all areas of IP Protection relevant to players of the green business, including but not limited to Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR), Plant Patents, Patents for plant-related inventions, and Trademarks for plant products. The webinars are broadcasted live with two sessions each to accommodate all time zones.

What is the cost?

Workshop and webinar fees vary and depend on topics, location and the number of modules offered in each workshop/webinar. CIOPORA members and supporters enjoy 50% discount on all regular rates. The program also offers up to 70% discounts for enrolled students. Students: please reach out to us for more information!

“The CIOPORA workshop held in August 2019 in St. Charles/Chicago was a great opportunity to meet with companies active in asexually propagated plants and discuss common challenges in the protection of our crops. The topics were timely and relevant. The session on UPOV, Breeder’s Exemption, and U.S. Plant Patent Law was particularly interesting, as it provided real-life examples of the cross-border legal scenarios. Thanks to the CIOPORA team for always putting together a thoughtful and well-run program"
Amy Martin, Driscoll's
Amy Martin
Director Legal Affairs at Driscoll’s, Inc.
"CIOPORA Academy workshop was a great opportunity to learn varying perspectives on plant IP. All topics presented had value as they pertain to my daily work; however, I was particularly interested in the topics on Utility Patents and Plant Variety Protection (PVP) for asexually reproduced plants. Both speakers provided in-depth analysis of the different scope of protections under these two systems. The comfortable atmosphere of the workshops at the Hotel Baker was a wonderful location to network with like-minded colleagues."
Jim R. Holm
Licensing Associate at Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc.