Become a better IP Strategist

Become a better IP Strategist


The CIOPORA Academy – Your education program on IP for Plants


What is The CIOPORA Academy?

The CIOPORA Academy is a specialized international training and certification program for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP) protection for plant innovations and advance their career. The format is small-group learning, with “classroom” size ranging from 10 to 30 participants in each workshop.

What will I learn?

The CIOPORA Academy combines learning and networking. It encompasses all areas of IP Protection relevant for players of the green business, such as Plant Breeders Rights (PBR), Patents, Trademarks and more. Courses are taught around the world on the quarterly basis and include networking social events. Our lecturers are renowned IP experts and experienced legal practitioners.

Who should enroll?

The CIOPORA Academy offers courses for breeders, propagators, growers, and traders working in horticulture. Programs within the academy are also beneficial for Intellectual Property experts, in-house counsels, and IPR managers wishing to expand their knowledge in this ever-changing industry.

What is the cost?

Cost of the programs depends on the topic, the location and the number of courses in which an attendee participates. CIOPORA members, supporters enjoy a 50 per cent discounts on the regular rate. We also offerstudent discounts.


Experience the CIOPORA Academy:


Meet Our Featured Speakers:

Your speakers at the Madrid Workshop on IP for Plants, 2018 edition, Oct 22, 2018


Fotini Kardiopoulis

Fotini Kardiopoulis

Partner, Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners

Ms. Kardiopoulis is one of the founding partners of HP&P and currently heads the firm’s anti-counterfeit/anti-piracy department. Over the course of her career as a lawyer, she has been dealing with a broad range of IP matters with emphasis on Trademarks, Plant Variety Rights, denominations of origin/geographical indications, and domain names. She has extensive experience in IP litigation, in devising and implementing anti-counterfeiting programmes, filing and administering customs actions, monitoring and enforcing IP rights online and advising on domain name disputes.

Ms. Kardiopoulis obtained her law degree with first-class honours from the University of Athens and holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1985 and is admitted to practise before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. Ms. Kardiopoulis is member of the International Trademark Association, MARQUES and CIOPORA.

Pedro Tent Alonso

Pedro Tent Alonso

Principal Associate, J&A Garrigues, S.L.P.

As a Principal Associate at the Litigation and Arbitration Department of J&A Garrigues, S.L.P., Mr. Tent is in charge of the firm’s IP Law Departments at its Valencia, Murcia and Alicante offices. He is the firm’s leading counsel in all PVR litigation cases (approx. 50) and is currently involved in two preliminary proceedings triggered by the Spanish Supreme Court before the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the interpretation of fundamental provisions of the EU Regulation 2100/1994.

Mr. Tent is also active in academic field in his positions of the Associate Lecturer of Private International Law at the University of Valencia and as a Guest Lecturer of IP Law at the Magister Lvcentinvs, University of Alicante. He is a member of the Alzira Bar Association (Valencia) and has been appointed arbitrator by the Arbitral Tribunal of the Valencia Bar Association.

Mr. Tent has acquired his law degree from the University of Valencia, where he is currently enrolled in PhD program. He also holds a LLM degree (Corporate and Commercial Law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Dr. Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson

Dr. Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson

Managing Partner, Pakharenko & Partners

Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson is a founder and a Managing Partner at Pakharenko & Partners, one of the first private law firms in Ukraine active in the area of Intellectual Property (IP) protection. Antonina is a Doctor of Laws, a registered Ukrainian patent and trademark attorney and is an expert on Ukraine’s Plant Variety Protection regime. Antonina has a vast experience in consultancy on IPR issues on both national and international level. At Pakharenko & Partners, she is also in charge of cooperation with national and international organizations and consults on policy-making issues as to IPR. Antonina is the President of the Ukraine Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (UAACP, a member of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group Network), the President of the Ukrainian National Group of AIPPI and the Vice-Chairman of ICC Ukraine on IP issues. She was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Supreme Commercial Court of Ukraine. Current memberships: CIOPORA, FICPI, MARQUES, INTA, PTMG, IBA.

Dr. ir. Ellen De Keyser

Dr. ir. Ellen De Keyser

Senior Researcher at ILVO - Plant Sciences Unit

Ellen graduated from Ghent University and started her career at ILVO in 2000. Over the course of her academic career, she has been involved in different projects on molecular genetics in azalea, including the development and implementation of several molecular marker techniques. She obtained her PhD (Ghent University) in 2010 on the interaction of phenotype, genotype and gene expression for flower colour and other plant quality traits in azalea. During her PhD, she became an expert in RT-qPCR optimization and analysis for gene expression studies. As such, she is responsible for the set-up of all RT-qPCR projects at ILVO-Plant. She is currently a Senior Researcher at ILVO – Plant Sciences Unit – Applied Genetics and Breeding and is involved in projects on molecular genetics and genomics in several field crops and ornamental plants. Currently, Ellen is working on implementation of the CRISPR/Cas technology in the framework of the ILVO research program. 

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