Become a better IP Strategist

Become a better IP Strategist

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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 offer student discounts.


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Featured Speakers:

Your lecturers at the Chicago/St. Charles Workshop on IP for Plants, Aug 15-16:

Audrey Charles

Audrey Charles

Patent Agent and Trademark Administrator at Ball Horticultural Company, USA
As the Intellectual Property Lead for Ball Horticultural Company, Audrey Charles manages the company’s trademark and patent portfolio, which includes hundreds of trademarks and U.S. plant patents as well as numerous utility patents and U.S. PVP Certificates. As a patent agent, she has drafted and prosecuted more than 500 U.S. plant patents. Audrey began her career at Ball 32 years ago as a research scientist. She has a B.S. degree in biology/botany and an M.S. degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University.
Matthew A. Chivvis

Matthew A. Chivvis

Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, USA

Matthew Chivvis represents life sciences and high-tech companies in a variety of matters. Though his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, he also regularly advises clients on plant intellectual property matters, including strategic use of plant patents, plant-variety protection certificates, and trademark rights. Mr. Chivvis has also represented clients in drug-pricing cases and pro bono clients in civil rights cases. Mr. Chivvis earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a
member of the law review and the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for his graduating class. Before law school, Mr. Chivvis received a degree in molecular biology from the University of Wyoming.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Counsel, IP Biotechnology Group Chair at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, USA

Dr. Travis Bliss is an intellectual property attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.  He is the Chair of the firm’s IP Biotechnology Practice Group and also leads the firm’s plant IP practice within that group.  Travis has extensive experience with procuring, licensing, and enforcing all major types of intellectual property that impact the horticulture, agriculture, and biotechnology industries, including plant and utility patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and IP licenses.  Prior to attending law school, Travis earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware.

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Counsel, Houthoff, the Netherlands

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis specialises in technology-related Intellectual Property matters, with a focus on Patents and Plant Variety Rights. In her daily practice, Fleur represents a wide variety of domestic and international companies that are active in technology-intensive business sectors, such as agrifood and biotech. Fleur is an experienced patent litigator and is one of only a handful of lawyers in the Netherlands with extensive experience in litigation relating to national and Community Plant Variety Rights. Furthermore, Fleur assists clients in implementing customs seizure actions based on the EU Anti-Piracy Regulation. Over the past ten years, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.


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