10/09/2020 – Webinar 2: PVP Applications via UPOV PRISMA. Use of MolTech in DUS Process

10/09/2020 – Webinar 2: PVP Applications via UPOV PRISMA. Use of MolTech in DUS Process

The ciopora academy Webinar series “Technical Aspects of UPOV”

Webinar 2: PVP Applications via UPOV PRISMA. Use of Molecular Techniques in DUS Process

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: ca. 75 min

Recommended for participants from Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

8:00 am London
9:00 am CEST/Europe
3:00 pm Beijing, CN
5:00 pm Sydney, AUS
7:00 pm Wellington, NZ

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Recommended for participants from the Americas.

12:00 pm US Pacific
02:00 pm USA Central
03:00 pm USA Eastern
09:00 pm CEST/Europe
September 11, 07:00 am Wellington, NZ

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What will I learn?

In the CIOPORA Academy webinar series in September 2020, three UPOV experts elaborate on the technical aspects of the UPOV regime important to plant breeders.

Webinar 2:

UPOV PRISMA: You will learn all about UPOV PRISMA, UPOV’s web based on-line tool for applicants to apply for PBR in different UPOV members. By storing basic company and variety information repeated filling out of forms and copying mistakes are avoided. As well as saving
time, a clever use of standardised terms in different languages solves translating problems. In a number of cases the tool can lead to paperless applications.

MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES: The use of molecular techniques in the DUS process is the second topic of this day. While breeders are increasingly using molecular techniques in their breeding programs, the use of such techniques in the DUS process is in its infancy. The introduction of molecular methods is done carefully in order not to undermine the effectiveness of PBR. At the same time, their potential will be presented and how this is being developed in a way that maintains a harmonized approach within UPOV. The UPOV position on the use of the different  techniques will be explained.


Benjamin Rivoire

Benjamin Rivoire

Head of Seed Sector Cooperation and Regional Development at UPOV, Business Focal Point for UPOV PRISMA

Mr Philippe Benjamin (Ben) Rivoire joined UPOV in 2012, after having started his career in the fruit production sector in Spain and Africa and in the vegetable breeding industry. Ben is now the Head of Seed Sector Cooperation and Regional Development (Africa, Arab Countries) in UPOV. On the technical side, he is in charge of the support for the UPOV Technical Working Parties for Fruit Crops and Vegetables. On the development and regional side, he is contributing to the delivery of UPOV’s program of assistance in Africa and the Middle East and in charge of the Cooperation with the Seed sector. Last but not least, from the business perspective, he is in charge of UPOV PRISMA, the PBR On-line Application Tool, driving the Tool development in line with the needs and expectations of the applicants and the breeding industry.

Manabu Suzuki

Manabu Suzuki

Technical/Regional Officer (Asia) at UPOV

Mr Manabu Suzuki joined the UPOV Office on June 1, 2020, as a Technical/Regional Officer (Asia). Mr Suzuki, a national of Japan, holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural Science. From 2000 to 2009, he worked as a Technical Officer in the Production Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) and as an Assistant Director for the Assistant Director for Coordination Division, Secretariat of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council.  Between 2009 and 2012, he worked at the Embassy of Japan in India as a Second Secretary in the Economic Section. In 2012, he returned to MAFF as Deputy Director, Plant Quarantine Office, Plant Protection Division, followed by the position of the Deputy Director of the Research Policy Planning Division. In 2017, Mr Suzuki became Deputy Director, Plant Variety Protection Office, Intellectual Property Division at MAFF, where his responsibilities included management of the Plant Variety Protection policy at international and national level.

Kees van Ettekoven

Kees van Ettekoven

Senior PVP Policy Advisor & Chair of the UPOV Technical Committee

Cornelis (Kees) van Ettekoven has been active in horticulture and Plant Variety Protection for over 45 years. Kees worked in various positions at Naktuinbouw, the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture, consecutively serving as a Head of IT Department, the Registration and Documentation Department, and the Variety Testing Department, overseeing the Dutch DUS testing of all species for Plant Breeders’ Rights and National Listing. Today, Kees serves as a Senior PVP Policy Advisor, is a member of the Plant Breeders’ Rights chamber of the Court of Justice in the Hague, and coordinates the IPKey program for China, Latin America and South-East Asia at the CPVO. At UPOV, he is a past Chairman of the UPOV Technical Committee, the UPOV Technical Working Group Vegetables, and the UPOV Working Group on Biochemical and Molecular Techniques and DNA-Profiling in Particular (BMT).

Leontino Rezende Taveira

Leontino Rezende Taveira

Head of Technical Affairs and Regional Development at UPOV, Switzerland

Leontino Taveira is Head of Technical Affairs and Regional Development at UPOV. He works with policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean promoting accession to UPOV and assisting the implementation of the UPOV system. With a background in agriculture and plant breeding, he is in charge of organizing the technical work of UPOV, including the development of Test Guidelines and guidance for examination of distinctness, uniformity and stability. Leontino started his career in the private sector as agronomist and nursery manager for ornamental plant production. For the past 18 years, he has worked with Plant Variety Protection in the public sector, both at the national and international levels.


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). Additional 15% savings are provided in the Webinar Package including three webinars in September 2020. 

Join the Webinar 2 of the September webinar series by opting for our flexible single webinar registration at the following CIOPORA Member/Guest rates:

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  • Sept 3 – Webinar 1: Variety Names and DUS Testing under UPOV. Plant Characteristics in DUS Examinations
  • Sept 10 – Webinar 2: PVP Applications via UPOV PRISMA. Use of Molecular Techniques in DUS Process
  • Sept 17 –Webinar 3: Variety Collections and Variety Descriptions. Use of Foreign DUS reports.

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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.