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The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The ciopora academy 2022:worKshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands About This Event We are happy to be back in Amsterdam with a full-day workshop hosted by The CIOPORA Academy, the world’s first educational program focused solely on Intellectual Property protection and rights in the horticultural industry. 

03/10/2022 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Madrid, Spain

03/10/2022 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Madrid, Spain

The ciopora academy 2022:worKshop in Madrid, Spain About This Event We are happy to be back in Madrid for a third time with a full-day workshop hosted by The CIOPORA Academy, the world’s first educational program focused solely on Intellectual Property protection and rights in 

25/04/2022 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop Cologne

25/04/2022 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop Cologne

The ciopora academy 2022:
IN-Person worKshop in cologne, Germany

About This Event

The CIOPORA Academy comes back in 2022 with the first in-person workshop in two years!

On April 25, join our one-day in-person workshop in Cologne, Germany, during the CIOPORA Annual General Meeting (AGM) Week 2022.

When and where?

April 25, 2022
9 AM – 6:15 PM CEST

Venue: Marriott Cologne
Johannisstraße 76-80
50668 Cologne

Accommodation:
Book a room at Marriot Cologne
Book a room at Courtyard by Marriott

Learn more about CIOPORA AGM 2022

Who is it for?
  • Horticulture professionals
  • Plant breeders
  • IP right holders
  • IP managers
  • R&D managers
  • Agents and IP consultants
  • IP lawyers & paralegals
  • Professionals with interest in IP for plants

Registration

This is a HYBRID event. Register for IN-PERSON Workshop tickets as well as ONLINE tickets here.

Important notice: Special Terms & Conditions apply to this event. This workshop is a part of the CIOPORA AGM Week program 2022.

Workshop Speakers & program*

* Subject to updates

08:30 – 09:00 – Arrival & registration

09:00 – 10:15

Updates on Enforcement of IP Rights in China

Speakers: Alanna Rennie & Andrew Sim, Baker McKenzie

This lecture will explore some of the legislative and judicial progress made to Plant Variety Rights in China over the last year, including amendments to China’s Seed Law, the Supreme People’s Court Judicial Interpretation on Plant Variety Rights, noteworthy enforcement cases, and some practical tips for enforcement action in China.

Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Associate, Baker McKenzie, Australia

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

Andrew Sim

Andrew Sim

Andrew Sim

Partner, Baker McKenzie, Hong Kong

Andrew Sim is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group, where he leads the IP enforcement and litigation practice for Hong Kong.

He is the Global Chair of the Plant Variety Rights Practice, which includes registration and enforcement of plant breeders’ rights. Andrew also heads the Food and Beverage (F&B) Industry Practice Group in the Greater China region and advises on all F&B related areas, including consumer, regulatory, food safety, advertisements, franchising as well as internet laws, and regulations.

10:15 – 10:45 – Networking coffee break

10:45 – 12:00

Comprehensive Measures against IP Infringements

Speaker: Philippe de Jong, Altius

Learn how to devise a comprehensive IP and regulatory EU enforcement strategy to protect your business, from trying to solve conflicts before they even arise, through pre-trial discovery and evidence collection, to actual litigation and its aftermath. With this toolkit in hand, your company will be harnessed for future anti-infringement actions under the various relevant European IP regimes.

Philippe de Jong

Philippe de Jong

Partner, Altius

Philippe is a Partner at Altius (Belgium) and 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. Other areas of practice include medical law, media law and fair trade practices in a variety of sectors.

Philippe regularly lectures at conferences and seminars and publishes articles in various leading legal journals relating to his area of expertise.

He has worked as a consultant for the EU Plant Variety Office and is also an active member of various lawyer and sector organisations, including: the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), Euroseeds, the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Plants (CIOPORA).

12:00 – 13:30 – Networking lunch

13:30 – 14:45

Issues and Troubleshooting in the PBR Application Process at the CPVO

Speaker: Thomas Leidereiter, Green Rights

“Troubleshooting” is a process of fault identification in the management flow of a system or a corporation. The problem is initially described as a symptom of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying its causes.

Looking at (the Community) Plant Variety Rights applications, there is a surprisingly large number of pitfalls, the origin of which may be traced back to the time before the actual application filing. This presentation analyses different stages of a plant variety’s life cycle (before the actual breeding, the filing of the CPVR application, during the CPVR examination, as well as after the CPVR grant), identifying possible issues and available remedies. Following the “symptom – cause – remedy” logic, the participants will be trained to anticipate and remedy the problems in their practice.

Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.

Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.

Thomas Leidereiter

Attorney, Green Rights, Germany

Thomas Leidreiter is an attorney and the owner of Green Rights in Hamburg, Germany. With nearly two decades’ experience as a specialized IP lawyer, including 14 years at a major German law firm and five years at his own, he has extensive expertise covering Plant Variety Protection, trademarks, designs, copyright and competition law. Thomas advises clients on all aspects of IP protection for plant innovations, including the licensing and enforcement of IP rights. He has been involved in a number of major court cases dealing with fundamental PVR issues in the ornamental and fruit sector. Thomas is a member of INTA, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), CIOPORA and CIOPORA Germany. He is a regular speaker on IP topics with several associations and institutions.

 

 

14:45 – 15:15 – Networking Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:30

The Interplay between PVR and Patent Protection in Plant Breeding

Speaker: Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff

The Patent and PVR system overlap in the protection of plant breeding, but there are important differences. During this course, we will discuss the interplay between these two systems and we will touch upon the protection of Essentially Derived Varieties and the regime for compulsory dependency licenses. 

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Counsel, Houthoff

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is a Counsel at Houtfoff (The Netherlands) and specializes in 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. Over the past seventeen years, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the CPVO. Furthermore, Fleur has broad experience in advising on commercial contracts, including R&D agreements, license and technology transfer agreements.

16:30 – 17:00 – Networking Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:15

Effective Enforcement of the U.S. Plant IP Rights: Interplay between Scope, Exhaustion, License Terms, and Court Limitations

Speakers: Travis Bliss & Stephany Small, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel

Unlike other countries, the U.S. provides breeders with multiple options for protecting novel plant varieties with differing scopes of protection and exhaustion and exemption limitations, all of which impact enforcement issues. The terms of the licenses entered into between breeders and growers provide additional variables that come into play when enforcing IP rights. In this session we will discuss the interplay between the scope of protection offered by the various IP rights, the related issues of exhaustion and exemptions that each brings, and the terms that can be effectively utilized in a license for such IP rights and examine how those impact certain enforcement issues and limitations of U.S. courts.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Partner at Panitch Schwarze LLP, Wilmington, USA

Travis Bliss counsels a variety of clients ranging from individual inventors to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in nearly all aspects of Intellectual Property law. Travis prepares and prosecutes patent applications; litigates patent, Trademark, and other IP disputes in federal and state courts; represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board; counsels clients in a variety of IP issues, including due diligence, FTO, infringement, and patentability; and prepares and negotiates IP licenses. From a technology standpoint, Travis’s practice falls largely within the life sciences field and also includes a large focus on novel plant varieties in the agriculture, horticulture, and cannabis/hemp industries. Travis has been a lawyer member of CIOPORA since 2014.

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D.

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D.

Patent Agent, Panitch Schwarze

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D., is a Patent Agent at CIOPORA lawyer member Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP (USA). Stephany works with clients ranging from large life science companies to individual inventors to protect their valued Intellectual Property. She prepares and prosecutes the U.S. and foreign patent applications for inventions related to all aspects of life science. She is involved in FDA Orange Book submissions and Patent Term Extension Applications and also assists clients with preparing opinions relating to patentability and freedom to operate. Stephany collaborates in patent interferences and inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

CIOPORA Academy In-Person Workshop – April 25 in Cologne

CIOPORA Academy In-Person Workshop – April 25 in Cologne

Next CIOPORA Academy – In-Person workshop in Cologne, April 25 ! After almost two-year continuous growth as an online education program on Intellectual Property for plants and breeding technologies, the CIOPORA Academy is gearing up for our first in-person workshop since 2019. Join us on 

23/9/21 – Webinar 3. Online Infringement of PBR and Other IP Rights

23/9/21 – Webinar 3. Online Infringement of PBR and Other IP Rights

The ciopora academy 3/2021: Online Infringement of PBR and other IP rights Date & Sessions Average session duration: ca. 75 min Session 1: Sept 23, 2021 – 9 am CEST Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand 8 am London 9 

07/05/2020 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”

07/05/2020 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”

 

May 7, 2020 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: 75 min.

9:00 am British Summer Time (BST)
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5:00 pm British Summer Time (BST)
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What will I learn?

On January 31, 2020, the UK left the European Union. As a consequence, the EU Intellectual Property rights, including Plant Variety Rights (Community PVR) will have to be transferred from the single Community PVR regime to the national UK regime. While the general legal framework for this process is provided by the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, Plant Variety Rights title-holders have to set in motion a number of measures to maintain and further protect their titles on the territory of UK. In the live webinar on May 7, DAFRA’s Head of Varieties and Seeds Policy Andrew Mitchell will provide participants with detailed explanations of the rules that will apply to PVR titles in force and the ongoing PVR applications during and after the Transition Period.

Meet the speaker

Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell

Head of Varieties and Seeds Policy at DEFRA, UK

Andrew Mitchell is responsible for plant varieties and seeds issues at the UK Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), covering plant variety rights and legislation for variety registration and seeds marketing. This includes representing the UK at UPOV. He has a degree in biology and a PhD in fungal ecology from the University of Bath. Through his career, he has worked as a phytopathologist and seeds specialist, before joining Defra in 2004.

Registration

REDUCED WEBINAR RATES: We at the CIOPORA Academy are committed to providing continued education opportunities to the green sector in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. In view of the operational and financial constraints businesses and individuals around the globe are facing currently, we are lowering our webinar rates from EUR 149,00 to EUR 99,00 (Member) and EUR 299,00 to EUR 199,00 (Guest). A further reduction of over 20% is offered in the Webinar Package, containing four webinars in April/May 2020. 

SINGLE WEBINAR REGISTRATION: includes the CIOPORA Academy Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit” only.

Join the webinar by opting for our flexible single webinar registration at the following CIOPORA Member/Guest rates:

  • CIOPORA Member: EUR 99,00
  • Guest: EUR 199,00

Click on the “Webinar registration” button below to register quickly and securely online.

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WEBINAR PACKAGE REGISTRATION: includes four CIOPORA Academy Webinars at a single reduced rate. What is included?

  • April 23 – Webinar “European Court of Justice Decision in Nadorcott Case” – learn more
  • April 30 – 2-in-1 Webinar “Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV): Technical and Legal Aspects” – learn more
  • May 7 – Webinar “Plant Variety Rights Guide to Brexit”
  • May 14 – Webinar “Bad Faith IP (PBR & Trademarks) Applications in China and Countermeasures for Breeders” – learn more
  • CIOPORA Member Webinar Package: 349,00 EUR
  • Guest Webinar Package: 699,00 EUR

Click on the “Package registration” button below to register quickly and securely online.

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Webinar user manual

For your convenience, we have compiled a Webinar User Manual to help you prepare for the webinar participation.

Download The Webinar manual

Please download and read this document carefully prior to participation in the webinar.

Our webinar platform Livestorm does not require any prior installation. Instead, it enbales you to join the webinar via your browser. For the best webinar experience, we recommend using one of the following browsers:

 

About the WEbinar program

In November 2019, the CIOPORA Academy education program on IP for plants was expanded with the distance learning offerings in form of Webinars. Each webinar is conducted in two sessions to cover all time zones, enabling participation from all locations worldwide.

All CIOPORA Academy Webinars are broadcasted live in Livestorm, an online webinar platform, which allows participation for registered persons via internet browser with no prior installation. Please see our User Manual for more information on the technical requirements.

Contact us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:
 
Katrin Hunholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager

The ciopora Academy testimonialS

“The CIOPORA workshop held in August 2019 in St. Charles/Chicago was a great opportunity to meet with companies active in asexually propagated plants and discuss common challenges in the protection of our crops. The topics were timely and relevant. The session on UPOV, Breeder’s Exemption, and U.S. Plant Patent Law was particularly interesting, as it provided real-life examples of the cross-border legal scenarios. Thanks to the CIOPORA team for always putting together a thoughtful and well-run program"
Amy Martin, Driscoll's
Amy Martin
Director Legal Affairs at Driscoll’s, Inc.
"CIOPORA Academy workshop was a great opportunity to learn varying perspectives on plant IP. All topics presented had value as they pertain to my daily work; however, I was particularly interested in the topics on Utility Patents and Plant Variety Protection (PVP) for asexually reproduced plants. Both speakers provided in-depth analysis of the different scope of protections under these two systems. The comfortable atmosphere of the workshops at the Hotel Baker was a wonderful location to network with like-minded colleagues."
Jim R. Holm
Licensing Associate at Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc.
30/04/2020 – 2-in-1 Webinar “EDV: Technical and Legal Aspects”

30/04/2020 – 2-in-1 Webinar “EDV: Technical and Legal Aspects”

  April 30, 2020 – 2-in-1 Webinar “Essentially derived varieties (EDV): technical and legal aspects” What will I learn? Part 1: Technical Introduction to New Breeding Techniques (NBT) and Other Technologies Leading to Potential Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV) by Dr. Ellen de Keyser, ILVO Plant, 

23/04/2020 – Webinar “ECJ Decision in Nadorcott Case”

23/04/2020 – Webinar “ECJ Decision in Nadorcott Case”

  April 23, 2020 – Webinar “European Court of Justice Decision in Nadorcott Case: Practical Consequences for Breeders in Relation to Harvested Material” Date & Sessions Session 1: April 23, 2020 – 10:00 am CEST 10:00 am Central European Summer Time (CEST, Brussels)Check the FULL 

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.


Registration


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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


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Speakers


Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Counsel, Houthoff
Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is a Counsel at Houtfoff (The Netherlands) and specializes in 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. Over the past seventeen years, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the CPVO. Furthermore, Fleur has broad experience in advising on commercial contracts, including R&D agreements, license and technology transfer agreements.
Tjeerd Overdijk

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, Altius

Philippe is a Partner at Altius (Belgium) and 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. Other areas of practice include medical law, media law and fair trade practices in a variety of sectors.

Philippe regularly lectures at conferences and seminars and publishes articles in various leading legal journals relating to his area of expertise.

He has worked as a consultant for the EU Plant Variety Office and is also an active member of various lawyer and sector organisations, including: the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), Euroseeds, the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Plants (CIOPORA).

Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Alanna Rennie

Associate, Baker McKenzie, Australia

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

4-5/11/2019 – Amsterdam Workshop on IP for Plants

4-5/11/2019 – Amsterdam Workshop on IP for Plants

Workshop Designed specifically for breeders of ornamental plants, the first edition of our Amsterdam Workshop on Intellectual Property protection for plants will take place one day prior to IFTF 2019 on November 4 – 5, 2019. Workshop Designed specifically for breeders of ornamental plants, the