15-16/08/2019 – Chicago/St. Charles Workshop on IP for Plants
“The place to discuss common challenges in protection of asexually reproduced crops”
Amy Martin, Director Legal Affairs at Driscoll’s, Inc.
“A great opportunity to learn varying perspectives on plant IP”
Jim R. Holm, Licensing Associate at Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc.
In August 2019, the CIOPORA Academy will return to the US with a two-day event including a full-day/five-module Workshop on IP for plants (Aug 15), the traditional networking event (Aug 15), and a business excursion at the Ball’s premises in West Chicago (Aug 16).
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Book your accommodation at a special rate!
Until July 23, Baker Hotel is currently keeping a block of guest rooms for the CIOPORA Academy group. The CIOPORA Academy participants receive a special rate of $ 95.00++ per night incl. continental breakfast.
To receive the CIOPORA Academy group rate, please indicate your group affiliation at the time of the booking. Room reservations can be undertaken via phone or email:
Phone: +1 630 584 2100 Keyword: “The CIOPORA Academy, Aug 15”
Email: Download the reservation form.
Please indicate “The CIOPORA Academy, Aug 15” in the email subject line.
August 15 – 16, 2019
100 W Main St
IL 60174, USA
T: +1 630 584 2100
Aug 15 – Workshop program:
08:30 – 09:00 – Arrival & registration
09:00 – Module 1: U.S. Utility Patents for vegetatively reproduced plants by Audrey Charles, Patent Agent and Trademark Administrator at Ball Horticultural Company
10:15 – Coffee break
10:45 – Module 2: Plant Variety Protection for vegetatively reproduced varieties in the USA by Travis Bliss, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
12:00 – Networking lunch
13:15 – Module 3: UPOV, the Breeder’s Exemption, and U.S. Plant Patent Law by Matthew Chivvis, Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, USA
14:30 – Coffee break
15:00 – Module 4: Patent for plant innovations in the EU – new developments by Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff, The Netherlands
16:15 – Coffee break
16:45 – Module 5: The European Court of Justice ruling on New Breeding Techniques and its consequences for the horticultural business by Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff, The Netherlands
18:00 – End of the workshop
19:15 – Group meets in the hotel lobby, leaves for the dinner venue
19:30 – Networking Dinner at Francesca’s By The River, St. Charles
Aug 16 – Visit at Ball, West Chicago:
The visit is free-of-charge, generously sponsored by Ball!
09:00 – Arrival at Ball premises
09:00 – 10:00 – Welcome by Anna Ball, CEO & President. Brief overview of the Ball Horticultural Company; Presentation about new R&D initiative at Ball and the importance of IP protection
10:00 – 11:00 – Tours of the Ball’s Seed Processing Center and Seed Distribution Center
11:00 -11:15 – Coffee break
11:15 – 12:30 – Tour of Ball gardens
12:30 – Lunch on the grounds
1:30 – END of program, the group returns to the Hotel Baker by bus.
Meet the speakers
Audrey CharlesPatent Agent and Trademark Administrator at Ball Horticultural Company, USA
Travis Bliss, Ph.D.Counsel, IP Biotechnology Group Chair at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, USA
Matthew A. ChivvisPartner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, USA
Fleur Tuinzing-WesterhuisCounsel, Houthoff, the Netherlands
Travis Bliss, Ph.D.
Dr. Travis Bliss is an intellectual property attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. He is the Chair of the firm’s IP Biotechnology Practice Group and also leads the firm’s plant IP practice within that group. Travis has extensive experience with procuring, licensing, and enforcing all major types of intellectual property that impact the horticulture, agriculture, and biotechnology industries, including plant and utility patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and IP licenses. Prior to attending law school, Travis earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware.
Matthew A. Chivvis
Matthew Chivvis represents life sciences and high-tech companies in a variety of matters. Though his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, he also regularly advises clients on plant intellectual property matters, including strategic use of plant patents, plant-variety protection certificates, and trademark rights. Mr. Chivvis has also represented clients in drug-pricing cases and pro bono clients in civil rights cases. Mr. Chivvis earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a
member of the law review and the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for his graduating class. Before law school, Mr. Chivvis received a degree in molecular biology from the University of Wyoming.
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.