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A Victory for PBR in Colombia

The Council of State of Colombia has officially revoked the preliminary injunction in which the ICA was suspended from DUS report take over, giving ICA the green light to proceed with taking over DUS reports from abroad in the frame of the PBR application process. In 2016, a lawsuit filed by a grower questioned the authority of the Colombian PBR Office (ICA) to take over DUS reports carried out outside of Colombia and, more precisely, its competence to establish the mechanisms for such take-over procedures. Along with the lawsuit, the plaintiff requested a preliminary injunction demanding the provisional suspension of this ICA’s faculty which was partially upheld by the Council. Thanks to a

CIOPORA Welcomes Maxi Klemm

We are happy to introduce our newest team member, Maxi Miliane Klemm, to the CIOPORA community. Maxi will support CIOPORA as our legal intern from August 30 to September 26. Maxi is currently studying law at the Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany; her emphasis is on German, European, and International public law, with a specific focus on the structures of the European Union. Most recently, Maxi wrote a seminar paper comparing the law on genome edited plants in the United States and the European Union. As a next step, she will prepare for the state examination. Maxi is originally from Stuttgart and speaks German and English. You can email Maxi directly at

And Yet it Moves: Status of PBR in Mexico

In a changing world, where change is the only constant, innovation is the key to face the challenges of agriculture for competitiveness, productivity, efficiency, value chain, business models and customer satisfaction. All these elements should be considered, in addition to cost reducing, optimize resources and environmental sustainability criteria. Plant breeding is always searching for new and better responses to these questions. But sometimes regulations and institutional capacities are not moving at the proper speed. Mexico is a land of opportunities for agriculture. It has the tenth place in world food production. Agricultural commerce in 2016 reached the sum of USD $54.8 million, with

Chinese Delegation Visits Fall Creek Farms, Bailey Nurseries during US Tour

Present: Ruihong Guo, PhD, Deputy Administrator, USDA, Ag Marketing Service Science & Technology Program Li Mingqi, Deputy Director-general, Office of Protection of New Varieties of Plants; The Science & Technology Development Center, State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) Wang Qi, Division Chief, Office of Protection of New Varieties of Plants; Science & Technology Development Center, State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) Deng Hua, Assistant Professor, Office of Protection of New Varieties of Plants; Science & Technology Development Center, State Forestry Administration of China (SFA); The Institute of Forestry Policy and Information, Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) The abov

World Floral Summit

CIOPORA Members are cordially invited to the World Floral Summit, sponsored by Royal FloraHolland. When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Where: Royal FloraHolland auction building Aalsmeer Who: Leaders in the the Worldwide Floral Industry Admission: € 100 for members (and the members of members); € 200 non members If you are interested in attending as a CIOPORA member, please email to indicate your interest. From there we will let you know how to purchase your tickets.

Consequences of the missing Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV) concept in the protection of vegetat

Summary For vegetatively reproduced ornamental and fruit varieties, the EDV concept is crucial for the control of the commercialization (production, sales, export and import) of mutants and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) of protected Initial Varieties (= mother varieties). The absence of the EDV concept in the U.S. Plant Patent law does not only deprive titleholders of Initial Varieties of the ability to effectively exploit their rights, which is detrimental to innovative breeders in and outside of the U.S. but also contravenes the efforts of UPOV for worldwide harmonization of breeders´ rights. The matter can be solved e.g. by introducing the EDV Concept into the U.S. Plant Patent law

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