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

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

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
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 Sciences Unit

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 became 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 the European Seed Association (ESA), the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproducing Fruit and Ornamental Varieties (CIOPORA).

Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Associate at Baker McKenzie, Sydney, Australia

Alanna Rennie is an Associate in the Baker McKenzie Sydney office where she practices transactional and Plant Variety Rights related work, having assisted on a number of cross-jurisdictional PVR related matters, including contracts, enforcement and investment. She has been admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. Ms Rennie graduated with honours in Bachelor of Laws and Commerce from Bond University and holds a Master’s in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University. Her Master’s Thesis focused on An Effective System for Plant Variety Rights in China. During this time, Ms Rennie extensively engaged with stakeholders in the China Plant Variety Rights space, including breeders, government official and academics. In 2018, Alanna joined the CIOPORA Office for a four months traineeship and has ever since made important contributions to CIOPORA’s understanding of the Chinese PBR regime. Currently, she acts as CIOPORA’s expert on China liaising with the PVP offices and relevant stakeholders. Having studied Mandarin from a young age and lived in China for nearly 3 years, Alanna is fluent in the language which provides her with unique insights into Chinese law, business culture and practices.