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.

The main objective of this workshop is to provide participants, especially from the ornamental sector, with a sound understanding of the main principles of IP in horticulture, ranging from general and country-specific PBR, over IP portfolio management to enforcement. The small group learning environment is conducive to interactive learning, so questions are encouraged.

When and where?
November 7, 2022
Networking Dinner – 7:00 PM

November 8, 2022
CIOPORA Academy Workshop
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Dinner Venue: TBA

Workshop Venue: Vondst Advocaten
De Lairessestraat 111-115
1075 HH Amsterdam

Who is it for?
Our workshops are designed for all horticultural players who want to learn about the specifics of plant IP, including:
  • Plant breeders
  • IP right holders
  • IP managers
  • R&D managers
  • IP lawyers & paralegals
  • Students with interest in IP for plants

As a foreign entity doing business in the Netherlands, CIOPORA is involved with the Dutch VAT regulations. Having said that, our ticket sales to
companies and their employees is subject to collecting 21% VAT. After the event, CIOPORA shall declare all income at the Dutch tax authorities.
Exception: If our customer is a business established in the Netherlands, the VAT is reverse charged to the person receiving the service. Therefore, participants whose company is established in the Netherlands, are not charged VAT by CIOPORA. Please use the button: “Dutch attendees tickets”.


 Registration deadline:
October 26, 2022
CIOPORA Academy Workshop prices:
General Member rate: 599,-€ (+VAT)
General Guest rate: 1.198,- € (+VAT)
Dutch Member rate: 599,- €
Dutch Guest rate: 1.198,- €
95,- € (+VAT)

Workshop Event program

Monday, November 7, 2022 *

We would be happy to welcome you to our traditional CIOPORA Academy dinner, which provides valuable networking opportunities with your colleagues and friends of the horticultural world in a relaxed atmosphere.

19:00     Networking Dinner (Location TBA)

*Not included in workshop ticket

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival & Registration at Vondst Advocaten

09:00 – 10:15

101 on Contracts and PBR License Agreements in China (online presentation)

Speakers: Alanna Rennie & Andrew Sim, Baker McKenzie

This lecture will explore the fundamentals of contracts in China, specifically around PBR licensing agreements, exploring practical considerations important for commercialization and some common misunderstandings and oversights by foreign parties. We will also review the standard but important boilerplate sections that should always be included in the agreement. 

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

Two years after Brexit – An update on the IP Rights and supply chain in the agribusiness space

Speakers: Carolina Cordero di Vonzo and Tanvi Shah, Baker McKenzie

Brexit has led to a renewed importance of UK PVRs for agricultural companies doing business in the UK – with particular consequences for those with operations in the EU as well. During this session, Tanvi Shah and Carolina Cordero di Vonzo from Baker McKenzie will discuss how the UK PVR regime has developed in the two years that have passed since Brexit, the key differences between EU and UK PVRs, and what agribusinesses need to know in light of Brexit.

Our speakers will also explore the impact of Brexit on other relevant IP rights – i.e. patents and trademarks – and provide an overview of related developments post-Brexit affecting supply chains in the agricultural sector, specifically exhaustion of PVR and other IP rights and new EU and UK legislation tackling unfair trading practices in the agricultural supply chain. 

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo
Senior Manager, Baker McKenzie, Italy

Carolina Cordero di Vonzo is a Senior Manager in the IP Advisory team of Baker McKenzie’s Italy offices. She runs the Plant Variety Protection unit for Baker McKenzie Italy. She earned a double Bachelor degree in law from the University of Turin (Italy) and the University Paris V (France), a Masters’ Degree in law from the University of Turin (Italy) and a Master of Laws in IT and IP Law from the University of Hong Kong. She has a broad experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property and unfair competition law with a specific focus on Plant Variety Rights. Carolina guides companies in the agribusiness sector on plant variety registration, commercialisation and enforcement strategies in Italy and the EU. She drafts and negotiates agreements relevant for the industry such as growers, nursery and propagation, research and development, trial, licensing agreements. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Carolina served as in-house counsel to a manufacturing group headquartered in Hong Kong, heading the IP team responsible for APAC, EMEA and LATAM.

Tanvi Shah

Tanvi Shah


Senior Associate and Solicitor-Advocate, Baker McKenzie, UK

Tanvi is a Senior Associate and Solicitor-Advocate in Baker McKenzie’s London Intellectual Property team, having joined the firm in August 2016. She has particular expertise in patents and is recognised by the Legal 500 as a key lawyer in the UK for Patents (Contentious and Non-Contentious).

During her career Tanvi has also gained in-house experience having been seconded for a year to the in-house R&D legal team of a global pharmaceutical company, focused on providing legal support for clinical trials across Europe, and for three months (on a pro bono basis) to Cancer Research UK’s legal team.

Prior to becoming a solicitor Tanvi obtained an MSc degree in Chemistry from Imperial College London and carried out research in the field of biophysical chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich (Germany).

While Tanvi has broad experience advising on the full spectrum of IP rights across a variety of industries, her practice now focuses on patents. She also leads the London office’s plant variety rights team.

12:00 – 13:15 – Networking lunch

13:15 – 14:30

Cost-effective strategies to enforce PVRs and other plant related rights

Speaker: Tjeerd Overdijk, Vondst Advocaten

During this session, the speaker will walk you through a multitude of issues to be addressed when you need to take enforcement action, with an emphasis on solid pre-trial measures and preparations.
How to collect proof of infringement? What are effective ways to address an infringer and persuade him to enter into a pre-trial compromise?
This session will also provide guidance in regard to a variety of practical issues surrounding litigation and sound preparation, all with a view to doing it in a cost-effective way. Based on his longstanding and wide experience the speaker will be keen to spark a practical and hopefully interactive discussion of all relevant aspects involved with enforcement action, both out of court and in the courts.

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).

14:30 – 15:00 – Networking Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:15

How vain, without the merit, is the name – Variety Denominations and Trademarks

Speaker: Thomas Leidereiter, Green Rights

At first glance, trademarks and variety denominations seem to protect the same thing. So why should one decide to apply for trademark protection for a trade name in addition to variety protection? These and numerous other questions on the “right” designation of breeding innovations are addressed in this course. The focus is on the economically successful combination of the available IP rights and on avoiding unnecessary and ultimately expensive mistakes.

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.



16:15 – 16:45 – Networking Coffee Break

16:45 – 18:00

Live after PVR: How to maintain Licensing Revenues post-PVR

Speaker:  Ernst-Jan Louwers, Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten

Developing new plant varieties involves considerable investments in terms of time and resources. Once granted, PVR protection will last only for a limited period of time which may seem short for successful varieties. In addition, PVR protection can be lost for a number of reasons. Ernst-Jan Louwers will discuss ways to maintain a revenue stream even after the variety is no longer protected under a PVR, looking at the most common licensing schemes and their limitations, as well as at alternative revenue sources and relevant case law.


Ernst-Jan Louwers

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Co-founding Partner at Louwers IP | Technology Advocaten, the Netherlands

With a track record of over 35 years as a Dutch lawyer, Ernst-Jan has a vast experience as a specialized IP, technology and contract lawyer and litigator. After 20 years in a large law firm, he started the IP and technology boutique firm Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten in 2006. His practice covers IP and commercial aspects of plant breeding, distribution, commercialization, and enforcement. This includes drafting of licensing contracts, (strategic) advice, compliance, arbitration, and litigation. He is a lawyer member to CIOPORA and the CIOPORA Working Group on Enforcement. Among others he is member to the Dutch plant breeders association Plantum as well as several national and international associations on IP and enforcement. Ernst-Jan is also a listed arbitrator at the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI).