Workshops & Webinars on IP for Plants

Fees & Packages
% Reduced Webinar Fees!
Education must be affordable! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have reduced the webinar fees for CIOPORA members & guests. Welcome to #ThursdayIsLearnDay for ALL!
From EUR 99,-
Member pay less: CIOPORA Members enjoy 50% off the CIOPORA Academy workshop and webinar fees.
Become a part of the CIOPORA Academy #ThursdayIsLearnDay movement! Learn more about IP asset management for plant innovations with our webinars.

Webinar Savings Package

Book by June 18 and save 15% with the Webinar Savings Package. Three webinars in June-July 2020 at reduced rates:
249,00 EUR/Member, 499,00 EUR/Guest.

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!

Featured Speakers
María Laura Villamayor

María Laura Villamayor

Coordinator of IP and Plant Genetic Resources, National Seed Institute, Argentina

Laura is a recognized specialist in Seed Legislation, Intellectual Property protection and International Relations. Having joined the National Seed Institute (INASE) in 2000, Laura has become INASE Coordinator in 2017. In this position, she is Argentina’s delegate at UPOV, FAO and other international bodies. On the national level, she represents INASE at Commissions at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

Laura holds a graduate degree in Law and a postgraduate degree in Intellectual Property Rights from the University of Buenos Aires. Following her interest in plant genetics, Laura also took a Postgraduate Course on Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources. Currently, she is adding a Master in International Strategy and Politics at the Maimonides University in Buenos Aires to her academic record. Laura is an author of several publications on PBR and plant genetics.

Robert E. Hanson, P.C.

Robert E. Hanson, P.C.

Partner at Dentons, USA

Dr. Robert Hanson is Chair of Dentons’ US Intellectual Property and Technology practice. His practice focuses on Patent counseling and prosecution in biotechnology and the life sciences.

With experience handling biotechnology patents for leading industry, university and non-profit clients, Robert has prosecuted more than four thousand patents to issue in the US and has managed foreign patent portfolios pending in countries around the world. Patents issued from these portfolios cover technologies making up some of the world’s most successful commercial biotechnology products.

Clients turn to Robert for his extensive patent experience, including prosecuting patent applications, invalidity/non-infringement opinions, counseling, patent post-grant proceedings, reissues, European patent oppositions, appeals and all aspects of strategic patent portfolio management and evaluation. With a technical background in biotechnology and genetics, he has successfully advised and represented clients on a variety of technologies including, genetically modified organisms, genetic transformation technology, nucleic acids and DNA vectors, pharmaceuticals, plant breeding and biotechnology, antibodies, biofuels, biological assays, food science, microfluidics, cosmetics, business methods and animal science.

Robert has successfully argued numerous appeals before the US Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. These appeals have substantially changed examination policy in key areas of technology.

Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.

Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.

Attorney & Owner at Green Rights

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.



“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.