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UPOV Announces Expansion of its PRISMA PBR Application Tool, Free Use until June 2018

UPOV has released the second version of its PBR Application Tool, formerly known as EAF. The use of the tool will remain free until June 2018. PRISMA is an online tool for application for Plant Variety Rights, collaboratively developed by UPOV, PVP offices, and plant breeders. The tool currently covers 21 countries and the European Union, while further countries are expected to be added soon. It allows its users to submit PVP applications in the required format to multiple participating Plant Variety Protection offices around the world, whereas the integrated PVP application forms can be displayed in a range of languages. Information provided by users is stored online and can be utilized for

Provide your input to new CPVO Variety Denomination Guidelines

In July 2017, the CPVO circulated a revised version of the Guidelines and Explanatory notes on Variety Denominations reflecting the discussions held during the WG meeting in June 2017 in Paris. The document aims at clarification of variety denominations which will be accepted by the CPVO in the future. In order to collect the last round of feedback from its members before the review by the Administrative Council of the CPVO on March 21 and 22, 2018, CIOPORA disseminated the draft documents among its membership. The comments and questions can be submitted to the CIOPORA Office until February 19. Download the draft documents (please consider the environment before printing): -  The Summary of

Thailand releases proposed draft amendments to its PVP Act

In October 2017, The Department of Agriculture of Thailand (DOA) has released a list of draft amendments to its PVP Act of 1999. The proposed amendments, largely adopted from the 1991 UPOV Convention, which Thailand is not a member of, can be seen as country's effort to attract more foreign investment in the area of plant R&D. The draft amendments foresee longer protection terms, the introduction of EDV, and stronger restrictions on farmers' privilege. The DOA held several public hearings in the fall 2017 and is still accepting written comments until February 20. Learn more #Thailand #PVPLaw #IP #IPforplants #UPOV

Meet Alanna Rennie

Dear CIOPORA members, please extend a warm welcome to Ms. Alanna Rennie, the newest member of the CIOPORA team. Alanna joined CIOPORA as a legal intern and will be with us until April 30, 2018. Alanna works for law firm Baker McKenzie in Sydney where she has experience in Intellectual Property and has advised on a number of PVP related matters. She completed a bachelor of laws/commerce at Bond University where she graduated with honors. Alanna subsequently completed her Masters of Chinese Law at Tsinghua University, Beijing, where she undertook her thesis on the system of Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) in China. Being a fluent Mandarin speaker, Alanna was able to engage with Chinese authoritie

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