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 offer student discounts.


Experience the CIOPORA Academy:


Meet Our Featured Speakers:


Elliot Papageorgiou

Elliot Papageorgiou

Partner & Head of Intellectual Property at Clyde & Co, China

Elliot has practised Intellectual Property (IP) law across the globe since 1995 – first in Australia, then in Europe and, since 2005, in China. From Clyde & Co’s China offices, Elliot now advises international clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a focus on strategic protection, exploitation, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyright as well as trade secrets. He advises on strategies for optimising IP portfolios across the Asia Pacific region, as well as cross-border patent, trademark and copyright disputes. He represents a number of Fortune 500 companies and other MNCs in relation to China IP litigation and especially Patent litigation.

Judge Luo Xia

Judge Luo Xia

Senior Judge, IP Court, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”), P.R. of China

Judge Luo has successively served as the Assistant Judge and the Judge of the IP and Administrative Divisions of SPC since November 2007. She has been concentrating on the trials in respect of Patent, PVR, technology contract, and unfair competition. She is one of the drafters of the Judicial Interpretation on Several Issues concerning the Application of Law in the Trial of New Plant Variety Infringement Dispute (2007). She specializes in patent disputes and is responsible for the SPC’s Patent Right Judicial Examination Memorandums. Judge Luo has handled a large number of cases that gained prominence both in China and abroad, with some cases selected as the National TOP 10 civil/administrative cases of 2015.

Bastiaan Koster

Bastiaan Koster

Managing Partner, Von Seidels, South Africa

Bastiaan Koster is a registered South African Patent Attorney and Trademark practitioner. With educational background in electronic engineering, he began his career in Intellectual Property (IP) in 1988. Currently, he is the Managing Partner at Von Seidels, aCape Town based IP law firm.

Over the years, Bastiaan has developed an interest in advising clients on IP matters with specific emphasis on commercialisation and competitiveness. He also has extensive expertise in the area of Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR), including commercialisation and PBR licensing. For many years, Bastiaan served on the Council of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and held its Presidency in 2007.

Apart from his qualifications in South African law, Bastiaan is also involved in IP in the international context. He is a past president of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and has previously chaired the FICPI sub-committee dealing with Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, and Folklore

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.



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