02/10/2023 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Madrid, Spain

02/10/2023 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Madrid, Spain

The ciopora academy 2023:
worKshop in Madrid, Spain

About This Event

The CIOPORA Academy is making its fifth return to Madrid!

Join us for this highly acknowledged workshop which is tailor-made for professionals within the fruit sector who are eager to delve deeper into the fascinating world of Plant Breeders’ Rights and Intellectual Property for Plants.

In today’s evolving horticultural landscape, understanding the intricacies of plant breeders’ rights is crucial for professionals in the ornamental and fruit breeding sector. This workshop has been crafted to cater to your specific needs, ensuring that you gain the essential knowledge and insights to navigate the complexities of supplying the world with new plant varieties.

Our workshops are designed to foster an interactive and engaging learning experience. Through lectures with practical case studies, and real-world examples, you’ll have the opportunity to actively participate and address your questions directly with the experts.

For a preview of what to anticipate, kindly refer to the information provided below.

When and where?
October 1, 2023
Networking Dinner – 7:30 PM

Dinner Venue : La Canica, Av. de los Andes, 25, 28043 Madrid



October 2, 2023
CIOPORA Academy Workshop
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Workshop Venue: Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones
Campo De Las Naciones, C. de Ámsterdam, N° 3, 28042 Madrid


 Registration deadline:
September 25, 2023
 CIOPORA Academy Workshop:

Member rate: 599,- €

Guest rate: 1198,- €

99,- €

Workshop Event program

Sunday, October 1, 2023

We would be happy to welcome you to our traditional CIOPORA Academy dinner, which provides valuable networking opportunities with your colleagues and friends of the horticultural world in a relaxed atmosphere.

19:15  –   Meet in the Lobby of Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones

19:30     Dinner at La Canica

*Not included in workshop ticket

Monday, October 2, 2023

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival & Registration

09:00 – 10:15

The Unitary Patent System in Europe

Speakers: Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff

The Unitary Patent System entered into force in June 2023, ten years after the original agreement was signed. The Unitary Patent Court has started its work, meaning that legal disputes relating to the new Unitary Patent will be heard by the Unified Patent Court (UPC). During this presentation, Fleur will explain the importance of the Unitary Patent System for horticultural plant breeders.

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis
Counsel at Houthoff

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is a Counsel at Houtfoff (The Netherlands) and specializes in technology-related Intellectual Property matters, with 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 a handful of lawyers in the Netherlands with extensive experience in litigation relating to national and Community Plant Variety Rights. Over the past seventeen years, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the CPVO. Furthermore, Fleur has broad experience in advising on commercial contracts, including R&D agreements, license and technology transfer agreements.

10:15 – 10:45 – Networking Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00

The Legal Treatment of Harvested Material

Speakers: Isabel Pérez-Cabrero and Pedro Tent Alonso, Garrigues

The session will explain the notion of “Harvested Material” in Plant Variety Rights law, analyzing the cumulative conditions imposed on the protection of Harvested Material under both UPOV 1991 and the EU Plant Variety Rights legislation. We will also carry out a practical analysis through the existing comparative case law on the subject and will discuss the impact of exhaustion on the cascade protection of Harvested Material.

Isabel Pérez-Cabrero

Isabel Pérez-Cabrero

Isabel Pérez-Cabrero
Principal Associate at J&A Garrigues

Isabel Pérez-Cabrero is a principal associate in the Industrial and Intellectual Property Department at Garrigues, where she practices in the areas of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, advertising and unfair competition, with a particular focus on plant varieties. She deals with both litigation and contractual aspects in defence of the aforementioned rights, and has extensive experience in advising holders of plant varieties, whose defence she has carried out before the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court of the European Union. Isabel is a regular contributor to the Magister Lvcentinvs promoted by the University of Alicante and is a lecturer on the Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession offered by the European University of Valencia. She is also the author of several articles and chapters in Spanish publications on substantive aspects of intellectual property.

Pedro Tent Alonso

Pedro Tent Alonso

Pedro Tent Alonso
Partner, J&A Garrigues, S.L.P.

Pedro Tent (Law Graduate with honors from the Universitat de València and LLM from the London School of Economic and Political Sciences –Corporate and Commercial Law–) is the Partner responsible for the IP Law Department of J&A Garrigues in its Levante region; he is also the Partner responsible for the Litigation and Arbitration Department in the Valencia Office, and teaches “International Commercial Law” as an Associate Lecturer at the Universitat de València, and “EU legal system for the protection of innovation” and “Proceedings before the CJEU” as a Guest Lecturer at the Magister Lvcentinvs in the University of Alicante. Pedro has developed outstanding expertise in the field of EU Plant Variety Protection, leading multiple litigation proceedings before the Spanish Courts and the European Court of Justice (including the Nadorcott case). Pedro leads a team of PVR expert lawyers facing on a daily basis legal works concerning license drafting, prosecution tasks, judicial actions, and arbitration conflicts. He has delivered multiple conferences and speeches before Universities, UPOV, EUIPO, and other institutions in the field of PVR.


12:00 – 13:15 – Networking lunch

13:15 – 14:30

Life after PVR: How to maintain Licensing Revenue post-PVR

Speaker: Carolina Cordero di Vonzo, Baker McKenzie

Developing new plant varieties involves huge investments in terms of time and resources. The protection granted by Plant Variety Rights will then last only a set period of time, which for your most successful varieties may seem short. In addition, PVR protection can be lost for a number of reasons. This seminar aims at illustrating ways to maintain a revenue stream after your variety is no longer protected as a PVR, looking at the most common licensing schemes and their limitations, as well as at alternative revenue sources and relevant case law.

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo
Senior Manager, Baker McKenzie, Italy

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo is a Senior Manager in the IP Advisory team of Baker McKenzie’s Italy offices. She runs the Plant Variety Protection unit for Baker McKenzie Italy. She earned a double Bachelor degree in law from the University of Turin (Italy) and the University Paris V (France), a Masters’ Degree in law from the University of Turin (Italy) and a Master of Laws in IT and IP Law from the University of Hong Kong. She has a broad experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property and unfair competition law with a specific focus on Plant Variety Rights. Carolina guides companies in the agribusiness sector on plant variety registration, commercialisation and enforcement strategies in Italy and the EU. She drafts and negotiates agreements relevant for the industry such as growers, nursery and propagation, research and development, trial, licensing agreements. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Carolina served as in-house counsel to a manufacturing group headquartered in Hong Kong, heading the IP team responsible for APAC, EMEA and LATAM.

14:30 – 15:00 – Networking Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:15

How to set up and handle an effective Customs Enforcement for PBRs

Speakers: Alexandra Sapir, Grapa Varieties and Giacomo Moleri, Spheriens Avvocati

Setting up an effective customs protection program is the first step in the effective enforcement of PBRs.
Enforcing these rights before Customs requires particular knowledge of the legislation and of the local practices. In the panel, we will discuss the issue from the point of view of both an IP owner and a counsel, with practical pieces of advice and suggestions taken from real-life cases.

Alexandra Sapir

Alexandra Sapir

Alexandra Sapir
Chief Operating and Legal Affairs Officer at Grapa Varieties 

From her previous role as Grapa’s Legal Affairs Director which she held for more than nine years, Alex took the role of Chief Operating and Legal Affairs Officer at Grapa as of January, 2023. She holds a B.A. in Law and a Master’s in Business Administration. As of October 2020, Alex was also appointed the Chair of the Working Group on Enforcement of CIOPORA.


Giacomo Moleri

Giacomo Moleri

Giacomo Moleri
Partner at Spheriens Avvocati 

Giacomo handles mainly extrajudicial matters and has extensive experience in the protection of intellectual property rights, with focus on the Internet. He assists clients in domain name dispute resolutions and in protecting their intangible assets on all digital platforms. Giacomo also manages anticounterfeiting programs, both domestically and internationally, and handles administrative proceedings before the Italian PTO (Patent and Trademark Office).

Giacomo has worked for Siblegal, now Spheriens, since its foundation in 2009 and became a partner of the firm in 2017. Before, he worked for the consulting firm Società Italiana Brevetti.

Giacomo regularly holds lessons at the Master course in Luxury Goods Management – EMLUX organized by the Università Cattolica of Milan . He serves also as chair of the Programming Subcommittee of the Brands for a Better Society of INTA (International Trademark Association).

16:15 – 16:45 – Networking Coffee Break

16:45 – 18:00 

The road to digitalization: Insights for the movement of plants and plant products

Speaker: Rose Souza Richards, ISF (Seed Health Manager) – online

In this presentation, we’ll delve into the exciting and transformative journey of digitalization within the realm of plant and plant products movement, with a specific focus on the ePhyto system. We’ll explore key insights into how digital technologies, including ePhyto, are revolutionizing the way we manage, monitor, and optimize the movement of plants and plant products across various sectors. Throughout this session, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with digitalization, discovering innovative solutions, and emerging technologies like ePhyto that are shaping the international movement of plant and plant product.

Dr. Rose Souza Richards

Dr. Rose Souza Richards

Dr. Rose Souza Richards
Seed Health Manager at International Seed Federation

Rose Souza Richards joined ISF in March 2020 as the Seed Health Manager. Rose is the key point person for the international seed industry with the International Plant Protection Convention, and responsible for the coordination of an industry-wide response to WTO notifications on proposed changes to national phytosanitary regulations. 

Also, Rose is Chair of the ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG).

She manages, develops, and promotes existing ISF activities such as the Systems Approach, the Regulated Pest List Initiative, and the International Seed Health Initiative. 

Rose has spent the last five and a half years working at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand. Rose has a BSc in Agronomic Engineering from the State University of Bahia, Brazil, an MSc in Plant Pathology from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, a second MSc in Plant Diversity from the University of Reading, UK and a PhD in Plant Molecular Virology from the University of Nottingham, UK. 




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