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The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Madrid, Spain

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 

COMING SOON: CIOPORA Academy In-Person Workshop – November 8th, 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

COMING SOON: CIOPORA Academy In-Person Workshop – November 8th, 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Save the Date for our Next CIOPORA Academy ! We’re excited to announce thate the next CIOPORA Academy is returning on November 8th, 2022 with an in-person workshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Don’t miss the workshop invite – subscribe to our updates and stay tuned! 

25/04/22 – The CIOPORA Academy Workshop Cologne

25/04/22 – 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 

30/9/21 – Webinar 4. Landmark Case Law of the EPO in Plant Related Inventions

30/9/21 – Webinar 4. Landmark Case Law of the EPO in Plant Related Inventions

The ciopora academy 3/2021: Landmark case law of the EPO in plant related inventions Date & Sessions Average session duration: ca. 75 min Session 1: Sept 30, 2021 – 9 am CEST Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand 8 am 

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

Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand

8 am London
9 am CEST/Europe (Speaker)
3 pm Beijing, CN
5 pm Sydney, AUS
7 pm Wellington, NZ

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES.

Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa and the Americas

9 am US Pacific
11 am US Central
12 pm US Eastern
6 pm CEST/Europe (Speaker)

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES.

What will i learn?

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).

Peter Blomme

Peter Blomme

Associate at Altius, Belgium

Peter Blomme specialises in Intellectual Property rights such as Trademarks, copyrights, and software protection. He has obtained extensive experience litigating for clients covering many sectors.

Peter obtained a Master in Law degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2012, and completed an LL.M. at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2013, specialising in Intellectual Property Law.

Peter has been nominated as a Notable Practitioner 2020 and Rising Star 2019 by ipstars.com, and is a member of the Belgian Copyright Law Association (BVA), the Benelux Trade Mark and Design Association (BMM), and MARQUES.

Webinar Syllabus:

The internet’s virtual environment has become an essential part of any commercial business, especially in times when physical contact is still subject to limitations. In many instances, the behavior of businesses and consumers has shifted to prefer the online environment to the offline environment, from remote office work to leisure, and even (grocery) shopping. Intellectual Property protection has also been affected by this shift facing a dramatic surge in online IP right infringements, also in the context of Plant Variety and Patent rights.

In this webinar, Philippe de Jong and Peter Blomme will share valuable insights regarding the IP issues arising in this online context, including:

  • What is an online IP infringement, and is it different from an offline infringement?
  • Who can be sued for online infringements (with attention to intermediaries such as online platforms, shops, and marketplaces)?
  • Where and how can you react if you are the victim of an online infringement?

Registration

Option 1: WEBINAR TICKET
Our flexible single-webinar registration option:

EUR 99.00/199.00 (member/
guest)

Option 2: WEBINAR SAVINGS PACKAGE
Save 15% and join all four webinars in the series 3/2021:
EUR 329.00/659.00 (member/guest).
The offer expires on Sept 9.

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

We are maintaining the reduced CIOPORA Academy webinar rates as a part of our commitment to providing continued education opportunities to horticulturalists in 2021! 

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 enables you to join the webinar via browser. Use one of the following for the best webinar experience:

 

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 Huhnholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager
16/9/21 – Webinar 2. Patents for New Breeding Techniques: Exceptions to Patentability, Licensing

16/9/21 – Webinar 2. Patents for New Breeding Techniques: Exceptions to Patentability, Licensing

The ciopora academy 3/2021: Patents for New Breeding Techniques: Exceptions to Patentability, Licensing Date & Sessions Average session duration: ca. 75 min Session 1: Sept 16, 2021 – 9 am CEST Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand 8 am London 

9/9/21 – Webinar 1. Patents for New Breeding Techniques: Obtaining and Enforcing Patents

9/9/21 – Webinar 1. Patents for New Breeding Techniques: Obtaining and Enforcing Patents

The ciopora academy 3/2021: patents for new breeding techniques: Obtaining and Enforcing patents Date & Sessions Average session duration: ca. 75 min Session 1: Sept 9, 2021 – 9 am CEST Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand 8 am London 

10/06/2021 – Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law

10/06/2021 – Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law

The ciopora academy 2021

Webinar Series 2, Webinar 2:

Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringements in Italy: Procedural Aspects and case law.

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: ca. 75 min

Recommended for participants from Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand

8 am London
9 am CEST/Europe (Speaker)
3 pm Beijing, CN
5 pm Sydney, AUS
7 pm Wellington, NZ

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES for Session 1.

Recommended for participants from Europe and the Americas.

9 am US Pacific
11 am US Central
12 pm US Eastern
6 pm CEST/Europe (speaker)

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES for Session 2.

What will I learn?

This webinar will provide the audience with a general overview of Italy’s criminal provisions and procedures concerning PBR infringement and enforcement. More specifically, the webinar will focus on the speakers’ experiences with the criminal trial of PBR infringement cases before the Italian Tribunal, including gathering of evidence (e.g., genetic and phenotypic examinations delegated by the Public Prosecutor pursuant Article 360 of the Criminal Procedural Code), the police investigation procedures, the procedural roles in the trial (Public Prosecutor, Judge, plaintiff, and defendant), and the roles the Fiscal Authority (GDF), Carabinieri and ICQRF (the Fraud Service in the Agricultural Sector) may play in such cases. Finally, several recent criminal cases in the area of PBR infringement will be analyzed by the speakers.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

Nicola Novaro

Nicola Novaro

Attorney & owner at Law Firm Novaro, Italy

Nicola Novaro obtained his Law Degree in 1996 from the University of Pavia. In 2000, he became a lawyer after enrolling at the Law Society of Imperia. During the same year, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property organized by the IP Centre in Verona. Over the past twenty years, Nicola has been representing numerous international breeding companies in filing for Trademark, Plant Variety Right, and industrial designs before national, regional, and international offices. Currently, Nicola manages a portfolio of over 3,000 Trademarks and PVRs.

In the past decade, Nicola has become an expert on PVR and other IP right enforcement in Italy. He has extensive experience in representing clients in IP right-related civil and criminal proceedings before Italian Courts. Nicola also permanently represents CIOPORA in The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights at EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).

Rossella Pola

Rossella Pola

Criminal Lawyer, Italy

Rossella Pola obtained her Law Degree at the Università degli Studi di Torino in 2000. In 2003, she was admitted to the Lawyer Register of the City of Turin, followed by her admission to the Counsels for Defense in the Italian Supreme Court in 2017. In relation to Intellectual Property right enforcement, Rossella has recently represented several seed breeding companies (Clause S.p.A and Rijk Zwaan) in a civil action against illegal propagators of their plant varieties.

Registration

The CIOPORA Academy maintains the reduced webinar rates in 2021!

We at the CIOPORA Academy are committed to providing continued education opportunities to the green sector. In view of the operational and financial constraints businesses and individuals around the globe are facing currently, we have reduced our webinar rates from EUR 149,00 to EUR 99,00 (Member) and EUR 299,00 to EUR 199,00 (Guest). Additional 15% savings are provided in the Webinar Package. 

Join this 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 ticket” button below to register quickly and securely online.

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

Save 15% and join all three webinars in the CIOPORA Academy Webinar Series 2/2021, including:

  • June 3 – Webinar 1. Plant IP Rights in the USA: Maximizing Returns on IP Investment. Learn more.
  • June 10 – Webinar 2. Criminal Prosecution of PBR Infringement Cases in Italy: Procedural Aspects and Case Law
  • June 17 – Webinar 3. Gene Editing: Regulatory Environment across Jurisdictions. Learn more.

Webinar savings package:

  • CIOPORA Member: 249,00 EUR
  • Guest: 499,00 EUR

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

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

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 enables you to join the webinar via browser. Use one of the following for the best webinar experience:

 

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 Huhnholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager
03/06/2021 – Plant IP Rights in the USA: Maximizing Returns on IP Investment

03/06/2021 – Plant IP Rights in the USA: Maximizing Returns on IP Investment

The ciopora academy 2021 Webinar Series 2, Webinar 1: Plant IP rights in the USA: Maximizing returns on ip investment. Date & Sessions Average session duration: ca. 75 min Session 1: June 3, 2021 – 4 pm CEST Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East,