22/10/2018 – Madrid Workshop on IP for Plants, 2nd Edition

22/10/2018 – Madrid Workshop on IP for Plants, 2nd Edition

Novotel Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Spain


One day before the opening of the FruitAttraction 2018 on the outskirts of Madrid, the second edition of CIOPORA Academy Madrid opened its doors to plant breeders from ten countries on both sides of the big pond. With 21 attendees, the workshop explored PVR and their enfocement in Spain, Greece, Ukraine,

reminded attendees about the possibility to protect their plant products by means of Trademarks, and introduced them into the intricacies of New Breeding Techniques sparking a discussion on whether policymakers’ and consumer caution towards the results of NBT is justified.

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October 22, 2018
Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones • Madrid, Spain



In October, The CIOPORA Academy will come back to the Spanish capital for a short glimpse of the Indian summer and a one-day, five-module Workshop on IP for plants. The event will be held one day prior to the opening of the Fruit Attraction 2018 at Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones, in a close proximity to the trade fair venue.



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Hotel Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Spain

MEET the speakers:


Pedro Tent Alonso

Pedro Tent Alonso

Pedro Tent Alonso
Partner, J&A Garrigues, S.L.P.

Pedro Tent (Law Graduate with honors from the Universitat de València and LLM from the London School of Economic and Political Sciences –Corporate and Commercial Law–) is the Partner responsible for the IP Law Department of J&A Garrigues in its Levante region; he is also the Partner responsible for the Litigation and Arbitration Department in the Valencia Office, and teaches “International Commercial Law” as an Associate Lecturer at the Universitat de València, and “EU legal system for the protection of innovation” and “Proceedings before the CJEU” as a Guest Lecturer at the Magister Lvcentinvs in the University of Alicante. Pedro has developed outstanding expertise in the field of EU Plant Variety Protection, leading multiple litigation proceedings before the Spanish Courts and the European Court of Justice (including the Nadorcott case). Pedro leads a team of PVR expert lawyers facing on a daily basis legal works concerning license drafting, prosecution tasks, judicial actions, and arbitration conflicts. He has delivered multiple conferences and speeches before Universities, UPOV, EUIPO, and other institutions in the field of PVR.


Fotini Kardiopoulis

Fotini Kardiopoulis

Partner, Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners

Ms. Kardiopoulis is one of the founding partners of HP&P and currently heads the firm’s anti-counterfeit/anti-piracy department. Over the course of her career as a lawyer, she has been dealing with a broad range of IP matters with emphasis on Trademarks, Plant Variety Rights, denominations of origin/geographical indications, and domain names. She has extensive experience in IP litigation, in devising and implementing anti-counterfeiting programmes, filing and administering customs actions, monitoring and enforcing IP rights online and advising on domain name disputes.

Ms. Kardiopoulis obtained her law degree with first-class honours from the University of Athens and holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1985 and is admitted to practise before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. Ms. Kardiopoulis is member of the International Trademark Association, MARQUES and CIOPORA.

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.

Dr. Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson

Dr. Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson

Managing Partner, Pakharenko & Partners

Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson is a founder and a Managing Partner at Pakharenko & Partners, one of the first private law firms in Ukraine active in the area of Intellectual Property (IP) protection. Antonina is a Doctor of Laws, a registered Ukrainian patent and trademark attorney and is an expert on Ukraine’s Plant Variety Protection regime. Antonina has a vast experience in consultancy on IPR issues on both national and international level. At Pakharenko & Partners, she is also in charge of cooperation with national and international organizations and consults on policy-making issues as to IPR. Antonina is the President of the Ukraine Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (UAACP, a member of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group Network), the President of the Ukrainian National Group of AIPPI and the Vice-Chairman of ICC Ukraine on IP issues. She was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Supreme Commercial Court of Ukraine. Current memberships: CIOPORA, FICPI, MARQUES, INTA, PTMG, IBA.

Olga Kotsiubalska

Attorney-at-law, Pakharenko & Partners

Olga Kotsiubalska gained considerable experiences in the areas of Life Sciences & Health Care as a Head of Legal & Compliance at Bayer and later at Sanofi, Bayer’s Ukrainian subsidiary. She has also served as an Advisor to the Minister of Economy of Ukraine. At her current position as an Attorney-at-law at Pakharenko & Partners, she manages multiple PVR portfolios for international and local clients and, being a certified court expert (certification by the Munistry of Justice of Ukraine), handles IP & PVR infringement cases and litigation. Olga has acquired a Master of Laws Degree from the Kiev National University and an MBA from IMI-Kyiv. During her studies, she was awarded the Human Rights and Rule of Law scholarship at the George Washington Univerity, Washington, D.C.



08:30 – 09:00 – Arrival & registration

09:00 – 10:15 – Module 1: Module 1: EU Plant Variety Protection: a Spanish jurisdictional approach by Mr Pedro Tent Alonso, J&A Garrigues, S.L.P.

10:15 – 10:45 – Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00 – Module 2: Plant Variety Protection and enforcement tools in Greece by Ms Fotini Kardiopoulis, Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners

12:00 – 13:15 – Lunch

13:15 – 14:30 – Module 3: Mutation Breeding 2.0: the use of new breeding techniques to speed up the process by Dr. ir. Ellen de Keyser, ILVO Plant

14:30 – 15:00 – Coffee break

15:00 – 16:15 – Module 4: PBR & Enforcement Tools in Ukraine by Dr Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson & Ms Olga Kotsiubalska, Pakharenko & Partners

16:15 – 16:45 – Coffee break

16:45 – 18:00 – Module 5: Trademarks for Plant Products: portfolio management, international registration and related issues by Ms Fotini Kardiopoulis, Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners

End of theworkshop.

Group reconvenes at the hotel lobby at 19:30.

20:00 – ca 22:00 – Networking dinner at La Canica Madrid.

Networking dinner

The CIOPORA Academy networking dinners are traditional platforms for professional exchange. While our topics are of a high importance to the industry and our workshops are focused on the formal learning, we have found that in addition to the theoretic contents and practical advise by our IP experts, experience sharing among colleagues can be extremely helpful.

In Madrid, you are invited to join a networking dinner at the restaurant La Canica Madrid, situated just a walking distance from the workshop venue. During the meal, you will have an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, chat with the lecturers and make new business contacts in a relaxed atmosphere. The dinner option can be booked separately.



October 22, 2018, 20:00


Dress code

Smart casual


La Canica Madrid Campo de las Naciones

How to get there?

The venue of the workshop can be easily reached from the Adolfo Suarez Madrid Airport by public transportation or by taxi:

  • Public transport: one station by Line 8 Nuevos Ministerios from the train station Aeropuerto T1 – T2 – T3 in the Adolfo Suarez Madrid Airport to Campo de las Naciones/Feria de Madrid,  260 m walk from the latter to the Hotel Novotel Campo de las Naciones.
  • by car: 8 min via via M-14 and M-13 (7,5 km, the route has tolls) or via M-14 (8 km, toll-free). Please check parking options at yoru accommodation.
  • by taxi: etimated cost is EUR 10-15.

See transportation options & routs on Google Maps:


The venue of the workshop is can be reached best via Line 8 from the stations Barajas or Aeropuerto T1 – T2 – T3. Beside the hotel venue and its sister hotel Pullman, we recommend to look for accommodations in the area of Barajas station or other stations along Line 8.

Stations along Line 8:

Here is a short list of hotels in the area to assist your search:

Novotel Campo De Las Naciones – 4 stars
Booking.com reviews – 8.3 “Very good”
Workshop venue

Pullman Madrid Airport & Feria – 4 stars
Booking.com reviews – 8.7 “Excellent”
Sister hotel of the Novotel Campo de Las Naciones

AC Hotel Madrid Feria – 4 stars
Booking.com reviews – 8.6 “Excellent”
Please note: Although situated just one train station away along Line 8 at Mar de Cristal, reaching this hotel will involve 20 min of walking to and from the station.

Hotels near Baraja station & the airport:

täCH Madrid Airport – 4 stars
Booking.com reviews – 8.5 “Very good”
500 m from Barajas station, 1 station from the airport, two train stations from the workshop venue

Hostal Avenida Barajas –  3 stars
Booking.com reviews – 8.3. “Very good”
700 m from Barajas station, 1 station from the aerport, two train stations from the workshop venue