The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Hong Kong

The CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Hong Kong

The ciopora academy 2023:
IN-Person worKshop in Hong Kong

About This Event

We are delighted to announce that The CIOPORA Academy is hosting it’s first workshop in Hong Kong! This event is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and practical insights into the world of plant variety protection and intellectual property rights with a special focus on asian countries.

The full-day in-person workshop will take place on September 5, 2023, prior to one of the most essential trade shows for fruit in Asia, the Asia Fruit Logistica. It will feature experts from the field who will share their experiences and lead interactive discussions on a range of up-to-date topics.

Whether you’re an industry professional, academic, student or just interested in learning more about plant variety protection and IP rights, this workshop is for you!

When and where?

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
9:00 AM – 6:15 PM GMT +8

Venue: Baker McKenzie Hong Kong
13/F, One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay
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Sign up before: August 25, 2023

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MEMBER RATE: 599,- €
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Workshop Speakers & program*

* Subject to updates

08:30 – 09:00 – Arrival & registration

09:00 – 10:15

The Latest Developments of Plant Variety Protection in Agriculture of China

Speaker: Yang Yang, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs/ People’s Republic of China

The presentation delivers the latest developments in plant variety protection in agriculture in China in the aspects of legislation, institute structure, mechanism construction, law enforcement, and statistics. The core of the presentation focuses on the main changes of the revised Seed Law and the evolution of the PVP Regulation revision.

10:15 – 10:45 – Networking coffee break

10:45 – 12:00

Setting up Business in China

Speaker: Xinxing Chen, Baker McKenzie / Hong Kong

We will introduce typical approach and legal structure (such as WFOE) to set up business in China, including foreign direct investment (FDI), and merger & acquisition. We will share our observation and view of recent development in laws or policies with respect to market access and business operation in the horticultiral sectors in China.

12:00 – 12:15 – Networking coffee break

12:15 – 13:00

Marketing and Advertising: Regulatory Requirements in China

Speaker: Andrew Sim, Baker McKenzie / Hong Kong

We will touch on China’s general mandatory regulatory requirements, including advertising, consumer protection, labeling, and packaging.

13:00 – 14:00 – Networking Lunch

14:00 -15:15

Plant Variety Protection in India

Speaker: Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan / India

The presentation will focus on the scope of the sui generis system of plant variety protection in India. We will examine the relevant provisions and the scheme of rights under the plant variety legislation. We will also look at the registration process and relevant aspects of the prosecution of plant variety applications. Finally, we will look at some of the recent developments and litigation pertaining to plant varieties in India.

15:15 – 15:30 – Networking Coffee Break

15:30 -16:45

Recent PBR developments in select Asian Jurisdictions (Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam)

Panel discussion with:
Dr. Edgar Krieger, Secretary General of CIOPORA / Germany (Moderator),
Tsugihiro Okada, Baker McKenzie / Japan,
Ho-Hyun Nahm, Barun IP & Law / South Korea (online),
Nont Horayangura. Baker McKenzie / Thailand,
Vo (Jun) Chi-Dung, Baker McKenzie / Vietnam

In a panel discussion, Baker McKenzie will explore recent PBR developments across Asia and will deep dive into key issues in South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. This session will be moderated by Dr. Edgar Krieger, CIOPORA, with panelists, Nont Horayangura, Baker McKenzie Thailand, Vo (Jun) Chi-Dung, Baker McKenzie Vietnam and Tsughiro Okada, Baker McKenzie Japan.

16:45 – 17:00 – Networking Coffee Break

17:00 -18:15

Driscoll’s, our 10 years journey in China

Speaker: Jae Chun, Vice-President/Regions General Manager, Driscoll’s / China

Driscoll’s of China begin in Yunnan Province in 2013 with the aspiration of serving the Chinese consumers with freshest possible berries farmed in China from our proprietary genetics – the same genetics we grow and sell around the world.  While like most multinational companies, we were very cautious, not knowing if we can successfully protect our IP in China, let alone learn how to grow berries in Yunnan’s climate.  By taking measured risks, building common interests, and learning lessons from what we did right and what we did wrong, today we are one of the leading fresh berry brands in China. It is our hope by sharing our China journey as both a breeder and marketer, the participants of this workshop will gain some useful insights.