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We regret to announce that due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, related risks and travel restrictions, the Marrakesh Workshop on IP for Plants, the CIOPORA Breeding Academy and the CIOPORA AGM 2020 in Marrakesh have been cancelled.

All registered Workshop participants will be soon notified about possible fee credits and refunds. Please refer to our FAQs post above for more information that will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Despite the cancellation, the CIOPORA Academy will soon be back with the series of webinars on the announced workshop topics.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we are working on the new webinar schedule.

Sincerely yours,
The CIOPORA Team


The CIOPORA Academy – your education program on IP for plants

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.

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.

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 is the cost?

Cost of the workshops and webinars varies and depends on the topics, the location and the number of modules offered in each workshop. 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!


Testimonials

“A great opportunity to learn varying perspectives on plant IP”

"CIOPORA Academy in Chicago/St. Charles 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 and presented the advantages as well the disadvantages over the U.S. Plant Patent system.  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.

The CIOPORA ACADEMY
2019-08-28T16:18:49+02:00

Jim R. Holm, Licensing Associate at Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc.

"CIOPORA Academy in Chicago/St. Charles 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 and presented the advantages as well the disadvantages over the U.S. Plant Patent system.  The comfortable atmosphere of the workshops at the Hotel Baker was a wonderful location to network with like-minded colleagues."

“The place to discuss common challenges in protection of asexually reproduced crops”

“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, Director Legal Affairs at Driscoll’s, Inc.

The CIOPORA ACADEMY
2019-11-20T17:22:35+02:00

Amy Martin, Director Legal Affairs at Driscoll’s, Inc.

"The place to discuss common challenges in protection of asexually reproduced crops"
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Featured Speakers:

Dr. ir. Ellen De Keyser

Dr. ir. Ellen De Keyser

Senior Researcher at ILVO Plant, Belgium
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. Recently, she has also become one of the contact persons for the open innovation platform of Living Lab Plant.
Dr. Tosca Ferber-Koevoets

Dr. Tosca Ferber-Koevoets

Research Director at Dümmen Orange, The Netherlands

Tosca received her Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Groningen, after which she started her PhD studies in the area of Evolutionary Genetics at the same university. The scope of her project was the genetic mechanism behind hybrid incompatibilities in diverging species complexes. After receiving her PhD in 2012, she launched her career in plant breeding. She started as Project Lead Allium genetics at Hazera Seeds, located in Rilland, The Netherlands. After focusing on projects related to molecular breeding in various Allium crops, Tosca started leading the Breeding Technology teams of Hazera Seeds based in The Netherlands in 2014. Focal point of these Breeding Technology programs were centered around identifying traits, making them accessible to the breeding programs and optimizing the strategy of bringing these traits to the market. In 2016, Tosca started as Research Director at Dümmen Orange, with the assignment of creating and implementing a strategy on Technology Development and Application tailored to the Dümmen Orange ornamental breeding portfolio. To date, the research team of Dümmen Orange spans over 50 team members worldwide, has access to a state-of-the-art Breeding Technology Centre and has a fully functional project pipeline regarding product and process innovation.

Dr. Philipp Aerni

Dr. Philipp Aerni

Director at CCRS, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Philipp Aerni is Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS). He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a particular interest in the role of science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development. In this context, he examines public-private partnerships and their potential as driving forces of sustainable change, provided that the institutional environment is conducive to change through innovation. Prior to his position at CCRS, Dr. Aerni worked at Harvard University, ETH Zurich, the University of Berne, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). As CCRS Director, he closely collaborates with the CCRS advisory board as well as the CCRS team in the design and implementation of the Center’s research, teaching, and outreach activities.

Tjeerd Overdijk

Tjeerd Overdijk

Partner, Vondst Advocaten, the Netherlands

Tjeerd Overdijk studied Law at Leiden University and has been a lawyer since 1984. With over 25 years of experience, he is an all-rounder in the field of Intellectual Property with a special interest in Plant Variety Rights. He was involved in the world’s first court case on the concept of Essentially Derived Varieties (EDVs) and he has gained considerable experience on this subject. He also has experience with litigation before the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office in Angers, France. Tjeerd is a member of various professional associations, including CIOPORA, the Netherlands Copyright Association, the AIPPI, INTA, MARQUES and the European Communities Trademarks Association (ECTA).