30/9/21 – Webinar 4. Landmark Case Law of the EPO in Plant Related Inventions

30/9/21 – Webinar 4. Landmark Case Law of the EPO in Plant Related Inventions

The ciopora academy 3/2021:

Landmark case law of the EPO in plant related inventions

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: ca. 75 min

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

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


Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa and the Americas

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


What will i learn?

Dr. Sven Bostyn

Dr. Sven Bostyn

Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Sven Bostyn (LLB, Lic. Jur., LLM law, PhD law) is Associate Professor of Biomedical Innovation Law at the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL https://jura.ku.dk/cebil), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He also lectures at the Institute for Information Law (IVIR) of the University of Amsterdam and is Visiting Professor (chargé de cours invité) at the Université de Liège. He is also a regular lecturer on CEIPI courses in Strasbourg.

Sven is one of the most prominent authorities in Europe in the area of patent law in general and in life sciences (including patent law relating to pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, SPC’s, software, and artificial intelligence) in particular. He has written extensively on most areas of patent law, and apart from those subjects already mentioned, he has also published in the field of plant patent protection, Plant Variety Rights, software-related inventions, European and international harmonization of patent law, and the Unitary Patent system.

Sven is the single author of more than 60 scientific publications. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, where he speaks on a wide variety of topics, including IP protection in life sciences, pharma patents, SPC’s, regulatory exclusivities in life science, IP issues relating to software and artificial intelligence, patent protection for plants and plant variety rights systems.


In the September 2021 webinar series, Dr. Sven Bostyn will give an exclusive three-part crash-course on patents for New Breeding Techniques and plant related inventions (Sept 9, 16 & 30).

Webinar Syllabus: In this final session, we will look at the case law of the European Patent Office (EPO) in relation to plant related inventions.

The Boards of Appeal have decided various cases over the years, most of which have remained controversial to this day. We will critically discuss the relevant case law, and analyze the effects which these decisions may have on the interface between patent law and Plant Variety Right.


Our flexible single-webinar registration option:

EUR 99.00/199.00 (member/

Save 15% and join all four webinars in the series 3/2021:
EUR 329.00/659.00 (member/guest).
The offer expires on Sept 9.

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

We are maintaining the reduced CIOPORA Academy webinar rates as a part of our commitment to providing continued education opportunities to horticulturalists in 2021!

Webinar user manual

For your convenience, we have compiled a Webinar User Manual to help you prepare for the webinar participation.

Download The Webinar manual

Please download and read this document carefully prior to participation in the webinar.

Our webinar platform Livestorm does not require any prior installation. Instead, it enables you to join the webinar via browser. Use one of the following for the best webinar experience:


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