Certificate Program

Certificate Program

Our IP Certificate Levels

Advance your professional career with IP certification from The CIOPORA Academy! The CIOPORA Academy offers three certification levels focused on intellectual property protection, primarily in the horticulture industry:  Competence, Advanced and Master.

In 2016 and 2017, The CIOPORA Academy will offer courses solely for the Competence in IP Program. This program will provide the basis for the Advanced level, which will begin in 2018, followed by the Master Program. In order to receive an official Certificate of Competence in IP, participants must complete twelve of the offered 18 modules of each level.

The CIOPORA Academy advises that anyone who works with Intellectual Property in horticulture joins the IP Competence Program, as the modules cover the IP-related contents absolutely necessary to advance in the industry.

 

The CIOPORA Academy Levels
IP Competence Level
Visit 12 out of 18 modules

1.1. Basics of IP for plant innovations
1.2. The basic principles of Plant Breeders’ Rights
1.3. The basics of the scope of protection in PBR
1.4. The basic principles of trademark protection
1.5. The basics of Essentially Derived Varieties
1.6. The basics of licensing of PBR
1.7. The basics of applying for PBR
1.8. The basics of enforcement of IP Rights
1.9. The suitability and use of variety denomination and trademark
1.10. The basic principles of Plant Patents (in the U.S.A) and Utility Patents
1.11. The exceptions and limitations of PBR
1.12. Breeder / Applicant / Breeding-results of employed breeders, Trial agreements and provisional protection
1.13. The basic principles of customs law related to IP
1.14. Novelty ( period of grace) in PBR and Plant Patents
1.15. Trouble shooting in case of infringement of IP Rights / PBR
1.16. Troubleshooting in the PBR application process
1.17. Country specific facts on IP Protection for plant innovations I (e.g. scope, enforcement, customs)
1.18. Country specific facts on IP Protection for plant innovations II (e.g. scope, enforcement, customs)

IP Advanced Level
Visit 12 out of 12 modules

2.1. The basic principles of Plant Patents (in the U.S.A) and Utility Patents
2.2. Trial agreements and provisional protection
2.3. Exhaustion of the Right
2.4. International registration of trademarks
2.5. IP Rights and Competition law
2.6. Cancellation and Nullity of PBR
2.7. License contracts for Plant Breeders’ Rights in the European Community
2.8. The exceptions and limitations of PBR
2.9. Novelty (period of grace) in PBR and Plant Patents
2.10. Breeder / Applicant / Breeding-results of employed breeders
2.11. Country specific enforcement of PBR – I
2.12. Country specific enforcement of PBR – II
2.13. Troubleshooting in the PBR application process
2.14. Country specific customs proceedings – I
2.15. Smart handling of infringements
2.16. Contract Law in the U.S.A.
2.17. Utility Patents for biotechnological innovations
2.18. Basics of additional protection for intellectual property (domain names, company names, trade secrets, unfair competition law etc.)

IP Master Level
Visit 12 out of 12 modules

3.1. Understanding the philosophy of IP protection
3.2. IP strategy – I
3.3. IP strategy – II
3.4. Management of intellectual property assets in multinational companies
3.5. Economic and fiscal evaluation of intellectual property assets
3.6. IP-protection in selected countries/regions
3.7. How to read PBR and other IP laws
3.8. Country specific enforcement of PBR – III
3.9. Country specific enforcement of PBR ­- IV
3.10. Country specific enforcement of PBR – V
3.11. Country specific customs proceedings – II
3.12. Country specific customs proceedings – III