25/04/22 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop Cologne

25/04/22 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop Cologne

The ciopora academY 2022:
IN-Person worKshop in cologne, Germany

About This Event

The CIOPORA Academy comes back in 2022 with the first in-person workshop in two years!

On April 25, join our one-day in-person workshop in Cologne, Germany, during the CIOPORA Annual General Meeting (AGM) Week 2022.

When and where?

April 25, 2022
9 AM – 4:30 PM CEST

Venue: Marriott Cologne
Johannisstraße 76-80
50668 Cologne

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Learn more about CIOPORA AGM 2022

Who is it for?
  • Horticulture professionals
  • Plant breeders
  • IP right holders
  • IP managers
  • R&D managers
  • Agents and IP consultants
  • IP lawyers & paralegals
  • Professionals with interest in IP for plants


This is an in-person event. Online workshop tickets (hybrid event) will become available in February.

Important notice: Special Terms & Conditions apply to this event. This workshop is a part of the CIOPORA AGM Week program 2022.


Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Associate, Baker McKenzie

Alanna Rennie is an Associate at law firm Baker McKenzie in Sydney (Australia), where she practices Mergers and Acquisitions and plant Intellectual Property. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with honors from Bond University, Gold Coast, and a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University, Beijing. Alanna’s Master’s thesis was on Plant Breeder’s Rights in China, where she engaged closely with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the State Forestry and Grasslands Administration, international plant breeders active in or looking to enter the Chinese market, and other stakeholders. Alanna worked with CIOPORA in 2018, where she assisted the association with its activities in China, and continues to assist CIOPORA on various projects in Australia and China in a pro bono capacity. In her capacity at Baker McKenzie and through her work with CIOPORA, Alanna has worked closely with breeding companies on their commercial and intellectual property strategies in China and Australia as well as on novel enforcement issues.

Andrew Sim

Andrew Sim

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Andrew Sim is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group, where he leads the IP enforcement and litigation practice for Hong Kong.

He is the Global Chair of the Plant Variety Rights Practice, which includes registration and enforcement of plant breeders’ rights. Andrew also heads the Food and Beverage (F&B) Industry Practice Group in the Greater China region and advises on all F&B related areas, including consumer, regulatory, food safety, advertisements, franchising as well as internet laws, and regulations.

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Counsel, Houthoff

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is a Counsel at Houtfoff (The Netherlands) and specializes in technology-related Intellectual Property matters, with focus on Patents and Plant Variety Rights. In her daily practice, Fleur represents a wide variety of domestic and international companies that are active in technology-intensive business sectors, such as agrifood and biotech. Fleur is an experienced patent litigator and is one of a handful of lawyers in the Netherlands with extensive experience in litigation relating to national and Community Plant Variety Rights. Over the past seventeen years, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the CPVO. Furthermore, Fleur has broad experience in advising on commercial contracts, including R&D agreements, license and technology transfer agreements.

Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.

Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.

Attorney, Green Rights

Thomas Leidereiter is an attorney and the owner of Green Rights in Hamburg, Germany. With nearly two decades’ experience as a specialized IP lawyer, including 14 years at a major German law firm and five years at his own, he has extensive expertise covering Plant Variety Protection, trademarks, designs, copyright and competition law. Thomas advises clients on all aspects of IP protection for plant innovations, including the licensing and enforcement of IP rights. He has been involved in a number of major court cases dealing with fundamental PVR issues in the ornamental and fruit sector. Thomas is a member of INTA, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), CIOPORA and CIOPORA Germany. He is a regular speaker on IP topics with several associations and institutions.



Philippe de Jong

Philippe de Jong

Partner, Altius

Philippe is a Partner at Altius (Belgium) and specialises in Intellectual Property law, with a particular focus on Patents, Plant Variety Rights and parallel import issues. Philippe also has extensive experience in regulatory matters concerning the life sciences and agri-food industries. Other areas of practice include medical law, media law and fair trade practices in a variety of sectors.

Philippe regularly lectures at conferences and seminars and publishes articles in various leading legal journals relating to his area of expertise.

He has worked as a consultant for the EU Plant Variety Office and is also an active member of various lawyer and sector organisations, including: the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), Euroseeds, the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Plants (CIOPORA).

Workshop program*

* Subject to updates


9:00 – 10:15


Updates on Enforcement of IP Rights in China


Alanna Rennie & Andrew Sim, Baker McKenzie, Australia/Hong Kong

10:15 – 10:45

Networking coffee break

10:45 – 12:00

Comprehensive Measures against IP Infringements

Philippe de Jong, Altius, Belgium

12:00 – 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 – 14:45

Issues and Trouble Shooting in the PBR Application Process at the CPVO

Lecture syllabus: “Troubleshooting” is a process of fault identification in the management flow of a system or a corporation. The problem is initially described as a symptom of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying its causes.

Looking at (the Community) plant variety rights applications, there is a surprisingly large number of pitfalls, the origin of which may be traced back to the time before the actual application filing. This presentation analyses different stages of a plant variety’s life cycle (before the actual breeding, the filing of the CPVR application, during the CPVR examination, as well as after the CPVR grant), identifying possible issues and available remedies. Following the “symptom – cause – remedy” logic, the participants will be trained to anticipate and remedy the problems in their practice.

Thomas Leidereiter, Green Rights, Germany

14:45 – 15:15

Networking coffee break

15:15 – 16:30

The Interplay between PVR and Patent Protection in Plant Breeding

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff, the Netherlands