07/05/2020 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”

07/05/2020 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”


May 7, 2020 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: 75 min.

9:00 am British Summer Time (BST)
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5:00 pm British Summer Time (BST)
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What will I learn?

On January 31, 2020, the UK left the European Union. As a consequence, the EU Intellectual Property rights, including Plant Variety Rights (Community PVR) will have to be transferred from the single Community PVR regime to the national UK regime. While the general legal framework for this process is provided by the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, Plant Variety Rights title-holders have to set in motion a number of measures to maintain and further protect their titles on the territory of UK. In the live webinar on May 7, DAFRA’s Head of Varieties and Seeds Policy Andrew Mitchell will provide participants with detailed explanations of the rules that will apply to PVR titles in force and the ongoing PVR applications during and after the Transition Period.

Meet the speaker

Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell

Head of Varieties and Seeds Policy at DEFRA, UK

Andrew Mitchell is responsible for plant varieties and seeds issues at the UK Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), covering plant variety rights and legislation for variety registration and seeds marketing. This includes representing the UK at UPOV. He has a degree in biology and a PhD in fungal ecology from the University of Bath. Through his career, he has worked as a phytopathologist and seeds specialist, before joining Defra in 2004.


REDUCED WEBINAR RATES: We at the CIOPORA Academy are committed to providing continued education opportunities to the green sector in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. In view of the operational and financial constraints businesses and individuals around the globe are facing currently, we are lowering our webinar rates from EUR 149,00 to EUR 99,00 (Member) and EUR 299,00 to EUR 199,00 (Guest). A further reduction of over 20% is offered in the Webinar Package, containing four webinars in April/May 2020. 

SINGLE WEBINAR REGISTRATION: includes the CIOPORA Academy Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit” only.

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WEBINAR PACKAGE REGISTRATION: includes four CIOPORA Academy Webinars at a single reduced rate. What is included?

  • April 23 – Webinar “European Court of Justice Decision in Nadorcott Case” – learn more
  • April 30 – 2-in-1 Webinar “Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV): Technical and Legal Aspects” – learn more
  • May 7 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”
  • May 14 – Webinar “Bad Faith IP (PBR & Trademarks) Applications in China and Countermeasures for Breeders” – learn more
  • CIOPORA Member Webinar Package: 349,00 EUR
  • Guest Webinar Package: 699,00 EUR

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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.

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The ciopora Academy testimonialS

“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.