18/06/2020 – Webinar “Patents for Plant Innovations and Biological Deposit”

18/06/2020 – Webinar “Patents for Plant Innovations and Biological Deposit”


June 18, 2020 – Webinar “Patents for Plant Innovations and Biological Deposit Under the Budapest Treaty”

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: 75 min

8 AM PDT (San Francisco, CA)
10 AM CDT (Dallas, TX) – Speaker’s time zone
11 AM EDT (New York)
4 PM BST (London)
5 PM CEST (Berlin)
6 PM IST (Tel Aviv)

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June 18:

5 PM PDT (San Francisco, CA)
7 PM CDT (Dallas, TX) – Speaker’s time zone
8 PM EDT (New York)

June 19:

2 AM CEST (Berlin)
8 AM CST (Beijing)
10 AM AEST (Sydney)
12 PM NZST (Wellington)

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What will I learn?

Biological deposits are of increasing importance for the Intellectual Property protection of plant inventions, including plant varieties, plant traits, and related subject matter. The ability to deposit vegetatively propagated plant tissue with patent office-approved depositories extends this importance to the IP protection of asexually reproduced plant varieties and protectable traits or alleles of these varieties.  The webinar will discuss these issues as well as potential strategies and pitfalls likely to be of interest to CIOPORA members.

Meet the speaker

Robert E. Hanson, P.C.

Robert E. Hanson, P.C.

Partner at Dentons, USA

Dr. Robert Hanson is Chair of Dentons’ US Intellectual Property and Technology practice. His practice focuses on Patent counseling and prosecution in biotechnology and the life sciences.

With experience handling biotechnology patents for leading industry, university and non-profit clients, Robert has prosecuted more than four thousand patents to issue in the US and has managed foreign patent portfolios pending in countries around the world. Patents issued from these portfolios cover technologies making up some of the world’s most successful commercial biotechnology products.

Clients turn to Robert for his extensive patent experience, including prosecuting patent applications, invalidity/non-infringement opinions, counseling, patent post-grant proceedings, reissues, European patent oppositions, appeals and all aspects of strategic patent portfolio management and evaluation. With a technical background in biotechnology and genetics, he has successfully advised and represented clients on a variety of technologies including, genetically modified organisms, genetic transformation technology, nucleic acids and DNA vectors, pharmaceuticals, plant breeding and biotechnology, antibodies, biofuels, biological assays, food science, microfluidics, cosmetics, business methods and animal science.

Robert has successfully argued numerous appeals before the US Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. These appeals have substantially changed examination policy in key areas of technology.


REDUCED WEBINAR RATES: At the CIOPORA Academy, we are committed to providing accessible education offerings to the green sector. In view of the operational and financial constraints businesses and individuals around the globe may presently face, we have lowered our webinar rates from EUR 149.00 to EUR 99.00 (Member) and EUR 299.00 to EUR 199.00 (Guest). A further 15% reduction is offered in the Webinar Package, containing three webinars in June/July 2020. 

SINGLE WEBINAR REGISTRATION: includes only the CIOPORA Academy Webinar “Patents for Plant Innovations and Biological Deposit under the Budapest Treaty“.

Opt for the single webinar registration at the following CIOPORA Member/Guest rates:


  • CIOPORA Member: EUR 99.00
  • Guest: EUR 199.00

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

  • June 18 – Webinar “Patents for Plant Innovations and Biological Deposit under the Budapest Treaty”
  • June 25 – Webinar “PBR in Argentina” –  learn more
  • July 2 – Webinar “Basic Considerations on how to Set up a Club System” –  learn more
  • CIOPORA Member Webinar Package: 249.00 EUR
  • Guest Webinar Package: 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.

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
“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.