20/04/2020 – Marrakesh Workshop on IP for Plants

20/04/2020 – Marrakesh Workshop on IP for Plants


We regret to announce that due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, related risks and travel restrictions, the Marrakesh Workshop on IP for Plants, the CIOPORA Breeding Academy and the CIOPORA AGM 2020 in Marrakesh have been cancelled.

All registered Workshop participants will be soon notified about possible fee credits and refunds. Please refer to our FAQs post above for more information that will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Despite the cancellation, the CIOPORA Academy will soon be back with the series of webinars on the announced workshop topics.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we are working on the new webinar schedule.

Sincerely yours,
The CIOPORA Team


Workshop

Designed specifically for players of the green business, the Marrakesh Workshop on Intellectual Property protection for plants will take place on April 20/2020, the first day of the CIOPORA Annual General Meeting 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco.


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When?


April 20, 09:00 – 18:00

On the first day of the CIOPORA Annual General Meeting Week 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco

Where?


Es Saadi Marrakech Resort L’hôtel
Avenue El Quadisia Hivernage – Marrakesh 40000 – Morocco


Tentative program


09:00–10:15 Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff
R&D Agreements and Classic Disputes Resulting Therefrom
10:45–12:00Tjeerd Overdijk, Vondst Advocaten
Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV) in a Worldwide Perspective
12:00–13:15Networking lunch
13:15–14:30Dr. ir. Ellen de Keyser, ILVO
Breeding and Biotech for Beginners
15:00–16:15Philippe de Jong, Altius
European Court of Justice Decision in Nadorcott Case: Practical Consequences for Breeders in Relation to Harvested Material

What will I learn?
During this session, the speaker will analyze the impact on Plant Variety Rights protection for ‘harvested material’ of the recent CJEU decision in the Nadorcott mandarin case. The decision, which is to a great extent inspired by the UPOV Explanatory Notes on harvested material, is potentially dangerous as it suggests a limitative interpretation of what amounts to ‘unauthorized use’, particularly during the period of provisional protection. The speaker will discuss solutions going forward, both in terms of licensing, enforcement and advocacy.
16:45–18:00Alanna Rennie, Baker McKenzie
Bad Faith IP (PBR and Trademark) Applications in China and Countermeasures for Breeders

Speakers


Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Counsel, Houthoff, the Netherlands
Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis specializes in the 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. Furthermore, Fleur assists clients in implementing customs seizure actions based on the EU Anti-Piracy Regulation. Over the past decade, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market.
Tjeerd Overdijk

Tjeerd Overdijk

Partner, Vondst Advocaten, the Netherlands

Tjeerd Overdijk studied Law at Leiden University and has been a lawyer since 1984. With over 25 years of experience, he is an all-rounder in the field of Intellectual Property with a special interest in Plant Variety Rights. He was involved in the world’s first court case on the concept of Essentially Derived Varieties (EDVs) and he has gained considerable experience on this subject. He also has experience with litigation before the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office in Angers, France. Tjeerd is a member of various professional associations, including CIOPORA, the Netherlands Copyright Association, the AIPPI, INTA, MARQUES and the European Communities Trademarks Association (ECTA).

Dr. ir. Ellen De Keyser

Dr. ir. Ellen De Keyser

Senior Researcher at ILVO Plant, Belgium

Ellen graduated from Ghent University and started her career at ILVO in 2000. Over the course of her academic career, she has been involved in different projects on molecular genetics in azalea, including the development and implementation of several molecular marker techniques. She obtained her PhD (Ghent University) in 2010 on the interaction of phenotype, genotype and gene expression for flower colour and other plant quality traits in azalea. During her PhD, she became an expert in RT-qPCR optimization and analysis for gene expression studies. As such, she is responsible for the set-up of all RT-qPCR projects at ILVO-Plant. She is currently a Senior Researcher at ILVO – Plant Sciences Unit – Applied Genetics and Breeding and is involved in projects on molecular genetics and genomics in several field crops and ornamental plants. Currently, Ellen is working on implementation of the CRISPR/Cas technology in the framework of the ILVO research program. Recently, she has also become one of the contact persons for the open innovation platform of Living Lab Plant.

Philippe de Jong

Philippe de Jong

Partner at Altius, Belgium

Philippe 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. Philippe regularly lectures at conferences and seminars and publishes articles in various leading legal journals relating to his area of expertise. Philippe worked as a consultant for the EU Plant Variety Office and is also an active member of Euroseeds, the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Plant Varieties (CIOPORA).

Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Associate at Baker McKenzie, Sydney, Australia

Alanna Rennie is an Associate at law firm Baker McKenzie in Sydney, 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.