10/06/2021 – Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law

10/06/2021 – Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law

The ciopora academy 2021

Webinar Series 2, Webinar 2:

Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringements in Italy: Procedural Aspects and case law.

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: ca. 75 min

Recommended for participants from Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand

8 am London
9 am CEST/Europe (Speaker)
3 pm Beijing, CN
5 pm Sydney, AUS
7 pm Wellington, NZ

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Recommended for participants from Europe and the Americas.

9 am US Pacific
11 am US Central
12 pm US Eastern
6 pm CEST/Europe (speaker)

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What will I learn?

This webinar will provide the audience with a general overview of Italy’s criminal provisions and procedures concerning PBR infringement and enforcement. More specifically, the webinar will focus on the speakers’ experiences with the criminal trial of PBR infringement cases before the Italian Tribunal, including gathering of evidence (e.g., genetic and phenotypic examinations delegated by the Public Prosecutor pursuant Article 360 of the Criminal Procedural Code), the police investigation procedures, the procedural roles in the trial (Public Prosecutor, Judge, plaintiff, and defendant), and the roles the Fiscal Authority (GDF), Carabinieri and ICQRF (the Fraud Service in the Agricultural Sector) may play in such cases. Finally, several recent criminal cases in the area of PBR infringement will be analyzed by the speakers.


Nicola Novaro

Nicola Novaro

Nicola Novaro
Attorney & owner at Law Firm Novaro, Italy

Nicola Novaro obtained his Law Degree in 1996 from the University of Pavia. In 2000, he became a lawyer after enrolling at the Law Society of Imperia. During the same year, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property organized by the IP Centre in Verona. Over the past twenty years, Nicola has been representing numerous international breeding companies in filing for Trademark, Plant Variety Right, and industrial designs before national, regional, and international offices. Currently, Nicola manages a portfolio of over 3,000 Trademarks and PVRs.

In the past decade, Nicola has become an expert on PVR and other IP right enforcement in Italy. He has extensive experience in representing clients in IP right-related civil and criminal proceedings before Italian Courts. Nicola also permanently represents CIOPORA in The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights at EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).

Rossella Pola

Rossella Pola

Criminal Lawyer, Italy

Rossella Pola obtained her Law Degree at the Università degli Studi di Torino in 2000. In 2003, she was admitted to the Lawyer Register of the City of Turin, followed by her admission to the Counsels for Defense in the Italian Supreme Court in 2017. In relation to Intellectual Property right enforcement, Rossella has recently represented several seed breeding companies (Clause S.p.A and Rijk Zwaan) in a civil action against illegal propagators of their plant varieties.


The CIOPORA Academy 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

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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. Learn more.
  • June 10 – Webinar 2. Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law
  • June 17 – Webinar 3. Gene Editing: Regulatory Environment across Jurisdictions. Learn more.

Webinar savings package:

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

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