Workshop: In August 2019, the CIOPORA Academy will return to the US with a two-day event including a full-day/five-module Workshop on IP for plants (Aug 15), the traditional networking event (Aug 15), and a business excursion at Ball’s premises in West Chicago (Aug 16). The […]
|Chicago Workshop on IP for Plants 2019, Aug 15-16|
|Madrid Workshop on IP for Plants 2019, Oct 21|
|Amsterdam Workshop on IP for Plants 2019, Nov 4 (tbc) – 5|
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.
Experience the CIOPORA Academy:
Matthew A. ChivvisPartner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, USA
Travis Bliss, Ph.D.Counsel, IP Biotechnology Group Chair at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, USA
Fleur Tuinzing-WesterhuisCounsel, Houthoff, the Netherlands
Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.Attorney & Owner at Green Rights
Matthew A. Chivvis
Travis Bliss, Ph.D.
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 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.
Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.
Thomas Leidereiter is an attorney and the owner of Green Rights in Hamburg, Germany. With nearly two decades’ experience as a specialized IP lawyer, including 14 years at a major German law firm and five years at his own, he has extensive expertise covering Plant Variety Protection, trademarks, designs, copyright and competition law. Thomas advises clients on all aspects of IP protection for plant innovations, including the licensing and enforcement of IP rights. He has been involved in a number of major court cases dealing with fundamental PVR issues in the ornamental and fruit sector. Thomas is a member of INTA, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), CIOPORA and CIOPORA Germany. He is a regular speaker on IP topics with several associations and institutions.