03/06/2021 – Plant IP Rights in the USA: Maximizing Returns on IP Investment

03/06/2021 – Plant IP Rights in the USA: Maximizing Returns on IP Investment

The ciopora academy 2021

Webinar Series 2, Webinar 1:

Plant IP rights in the USA: Maximizing returns on ip investment.

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: ca. 75 min

Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia

10 am US Eastern (speaker)
3 pm London
4 pm CEST/Europe
10 pm Beijing, CN

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Recommended for participants from the Americas, Australia and New Zealand

2 pm US Pacific
4 pm US Central
5 pm US Eastern (speaker)
11 pm CEST/Europe
June 4:
7 am Sydney, AUS
9 am Wellington, NZ

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES for Session 2.

What will I learn?

There are currently three options that exist in the U.S. for protecting a novel asexually reproduced plant variety: Plant Patent, “Varietal” Utility Patent, and Plant Variety Protection. Which of these is most appropriate for a particular variety depends upon numerous factors, including the timing of the first sale, anticipated value of the variety, and the competitive activities you are trying to prevent. Additionally, these types of protection are not mutually exclusive, so a breeder could obtain multiple types of protection over a variety. Thus, it is important for a breeder to consider which type(s) of protection should be secured for a particular variety. This presentation will discuss the factors and decision points, and will further analyze how multiple types of IP protection can be combined to further secure the variety and, in certain cases, to overcome challenges that are imposed by the doctrine of patent exhaustion.


Stephany G. Small, Ph.D.

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D.

Patent Agent
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D., is a Patent Agent at CIOPORA lawyer member Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP (USA). Stephany works with clients ranging from large life science companies to individual inventors to protect their valued Intellectual Property. She prepares and prosecutes the U.S. and foreign patent applications for inventions related to all aspects of life science. She is involved in FDA Orange Book submissions and Patent Term Extension Applications and also assists clients with preparing opinions relating to patentability and freedom to operate. Stephany collaborates in patent interferences and inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss
Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

Travis Bliss counsels a variety of clients ranging from individual inventors to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in nearly all aspects of Intellectual Property law. Travis prepares and prosecutes patent applications; litigates patent, Trademark, and other IP disputes in federal and state courts; represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board; counsels clients in a variety of IP issues, including due diligence, FTO, infringement, and patentability; and prepares and negotiates IP licenses. From a technology standpoint, Travis’s practice falls largely within the life sciences field and also includes a large focus on novel plant varieties in the agriculture, horticulture, and cannabis/hemp industries. Travis has been a lawyer member of CIOPORA since 2014.


The CIOPORA Acadamy maintains the reduced webinar rates in 2021!

We at the CIOPORA Academy are committed to providing continued education opportunities to the green sector. In view of the operational and financial constraints businesses and individuals around the globe are facing currently, we have reduced our webinar rates from EUR 149,00 to EUR 99,00 (Member) and EUR 299,00 to EUR 199,00 (Guest). Additional 15% savings are provided in the Webinar Package. 

Join this webinar by opting for our flexible single webinar registration at the following CIOPORA Member/Guest rates:

  • CIOPORA Member: EUR 99,00
  • Guest: EUR 199,00

Click on the “Webinar ticket” button below to register quickly and securely online.

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

Save 15% and join all three webinars in the CIOPORA Academy Webinar Series 2/2021, including:

  • June 3 – Webinar 1. Plant IP Rights in the USA: Maximizing Returns on IP Investment.
  • June 10 – Webinar 2. Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law. Learn more.
  • June 17 – Webinar 3. Gene Editing: Regulatory Environment across Jurisdictions. Learn more.

Webinar savings package:

  • CIOPORA Member: 249,00 EUR
  • Guest: 499,00 EUR

Click on the “Webinar package” button below to register quickly and securely online.

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

Webinar user manual

For your convenience, we have compiled a Webinar User Manual to help you prepare for the webinar participation.

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Please download and read this document carefully prior to participation in the webinar.

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About the WEbinar program

In November 2019, the CIOPORA Academy education program on IP for plants was expanded with the distance learning offerings in form of Webinars. Each webinar is conducted in two sessions to cover all time zones, enabling participation from all locations worldwide.

All CIOPORA Academy Webinars are broadcasted live in Livestorm, an online webinar platform, which allows participation for registered persons via internet browser with no prior installation. Please see our User Manual for more information on the technical requirements.

Contact us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:
Katrin Huhnholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager