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African States Create World's Largest Free Trade Zone

Businesses throughout Africa often face higher tariffs on the intracontinental exports than when they export outside of Africa. The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) signed by 44 African countries on March 22 in Kigali, Rwanda, aims to put an end to the high tariffs opening borders for trade between the signatory states. The agreement creates world's largest free trade area with a market of 1.2 billion people and a GDP of 2.5 trillion USD and growing. As a short-term goal, AfCFTA foresees elimination of the trade tariffs on 90 percent of goods, whereas the tariffs on remaining 10 percent of so-called "sensitive items" will be canceled at a later stage. This measure is ex

African States Create World's Largest Free Trade Zone

Businesses throughout Africa often face higher tariffs on the intracontinental exports than when they export outside of Africa. The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) signed by 44 African countries on March 22 in Kigali, Rwanda, aims to put an end to the high tariffs opening borders for trade between the signatory states. The agreement creates world's largest free trade area with a market of 1.2 billion people and a GDP of 2.5 trillion USD and growing. As a short-term goal, AfCFTA foresees elimination of the trade tariffs on 90 percent of goods, whereas the tariffs on remaining 10 percent of so-called "sensitive items" will be canceled at a later stage. This measure is ex

After Brexit: Final Details of Withdrawal Agreement as to CPVR to be Revealed on March 23

In the midst of accelerating negotiations, many breeders are keen on learning about the destiny of their Community Plant Variety Right (CPVR) titles in the UK after Brexit. While the final details of the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK and Northern Ireland from the EU are expected to be announced tomorrow on March 23, the text of the Draft offers some insights into the future of CPVR in the post-EU UK. Title IV of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement is entirely dedicated to the subject of Intellectual Property (IP) and provides a few rather title-holder friendly provisions. According to Article 50, the Community Intellectual Property Rights, including trade marks, designs, and CPVR, r

CPVO to Survey Interest in Payment Automation among CPVR System Users

CPVO is considering to launch SEPA Direct Debit Project, which will allow to automatically recover the amounts due in application and CPVR fees from title holders. Once launched, the project will create a more efficient and an easy-to-use payment system for the CPVR users, further reduce the administrative load for both applicants and the CPVO, and help avoid undesired title cancellations due to non-payment. To evaluate the cost/benefit of the project proposal and interest in such a service, CPVO will shortly disseminate a survey among the Community PVR system users.

CPVO to Survey Interest in Payment Automation among the CPVR System Users

CPVO is considering to launch SEPA Direct Debit Project, which will allow to automatically recover the amounts due in application and CPVR fees from title holders. Once launched, the project will create a more efficient and an easy-to-use payment system for the CPVR users, further reduce the administrative load for both applicants and the CPVO, and help avoid undesired title cancellations due to non-payment. To evaluate the cost/benefit of the project proposal and interest in such a service, CPVO will disseminate a survey among the CPVR system users. CIOPORA encourages your participation in the survey which will be circulated by CPVO shortly.

Family and Colleagues mourn Helmut Kientzler

The co-owner of Kientzler and InnovaPlant Helmut Kientzler (68) passed away unexpectedly on March 7. Born on February 8, 1950, the second son of the Kientzler founders Else and Ludwig Kientzler, Helmut started his career in the family business aged 22 after acquiring his degree in economics. Over the course of his professional career, Helmut made a significant contribution to the development of his company and the green sector alike. Under his leadership, that for decades he harmoniously shared with his brother and business partner Ludwig, Kientzler company was established as a household name of the global green business. His love for plants found its manifestation in tireless trend-setting

Family and Colleagues mourn Helmut Kientzler

The co-owner of Kientzler and InnovaPlant Helmut Kientzler (68) passed away unexpectedly on March 7. Born on February 8, 1950, the second son of Kientzler founders Else and Ludwig Kientzler, Helmut started his career in the family business aged 22 after acquiring his degree in economics. Over the course of his professional career, Helmut made a significant contribution to the development of his company and the green sector alike. Under his leadership, that for decades he harmoniously shared with his brother and business partner Ludwig, Kientzler company was established as a household name of the global green business. His love for plants found its manifestation in tireless trend-setting inno

CIOPORA & ILVO Plant Invite to Public Conference on Biotechnology

On occasion of the CIOPORA Annual General Meeting in Ghent, on April 26 CIOPORA and ILVO Plant will hold a Public Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of Biotechnology in Ornamentals and Fruits at the ILVO Plant's Headquarters in Melle, Belgium. The event program features an impressive lineup of speakers from the leading European research institutions, including ILVO Plant, INRA, VIB-Ghent, the Universities of Copenhagen, Ghent, Liverpool, and Wageningen, as well as commercial breeders and legal experts in the area of biotechnology. While the morning session is dedicated to reporting on new breeding techniques, genomics, and use of biotech in ornamentals and fruits, the afternoon sessio

CIOPORA Puts Forward “different-rules-for-different-crops” Proposal at the India - EU Workshop on PV

On February 21 – 23, CIOPORA Secretary General visited India to speak at the two-day International Workshop on India – EU collaboration in Seed Sector Development and PVP (download the agenda). Dr. Krieger was joined by CIOPORA Board members Bruno Etavard and Maarten Leune, as well as the Vice Head Technical Expert for Fruits, Yael Miara. From l. to r.: Theo Ruys, Moerheim Roses & Trading India, Maarten Leune, RAI/CIOPORA Board, Dr. K. V. Prabhu, Chairperson OOV & FR Authority, Dr. Edgar Krieger, CIOPORA, Bruno Etavard, Meilland Int./CIOPORA Board, and Yael Miara, Grapa/CIOPORA. CIOPORA’s “different-rules-for-different-crops” solution. During the Workshop, evolving mainly around the seed s

Indian PVP Authority and Grape Growers Show CIOPORA Good Faith

On February 21 – 23, CIOPORA Secretary General visited India to participate and speak at the two-day International Workshop on India – EU collaboration (download the agenda) in Seed Sector Development and PVP. Dr. Krieger was joined by CIOPORA Board members Bruno Etavard and Maarten Leune, as well as the Vice Head Technical Expert for Fruits, Yael Miara. Picture above (l. to r.): Theo Ruys, Moerheim Roses & Trading India, Maarten Leune, RAI/CIOPORA Board, Dr. K. V. Prabhu, Chairperson OOV & FR Authority, Dr. Edgar Krieger, CIOPORA, Bruno Etavard, Meilland Int./CIOPORA Board, and Yael Miara, Grapa/CIOPORA. CIOPORA’s “different-rules-for-different-crops” solution. CIOPORA managed to draw the a

CIOPORA says THANK YOU!

Did you know that in 2017 the CIOPORA Board, the Chairpersons of Crop Sections & Working Groups and the Head Technical Experts - 25 persons in total - invested as much as 2.225 pro bono hours into their activities on behalf of CIOPORA? CIOPORA says THANK YOU!

President introduces CIOPORA to AUTM Plant Special Interest Group

On February 18 – 21 CIOPORA president Steve Hutton represented CIOPORA at the Annual Meeting of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) in Phoenix, Arizona. Speaking before the Plant Special Interest Group of AUTM (SIG) on February 19, Steve introduced CIOPORA and its activities to the attendees. The SIG meetings are informal by design. During the meeting the group discussed various topics including direct licensing vs. exclusive master licensee, commercial use of trademarks on horticultural and agricultural products, asexual propagation of seed varieties (e.g., grading of vegetables), and disclosure of breeding history among other matters. Steve’s presentation focused on educat

Do Polish PVR penalties apply to Community PVR? CIOPORA Requests Clarification

According to the European Council Regulation, Member States are required to make any national penal provisions applicable to infringements of both national and Community PVR. While the Polish Plant Breeder’s Rights Act provides penal consequences for violation of national PVR, on CIOPORA’s reading, it does not apply the same penal consequences to infringement of Community PVR. After discovering this inconsistency, CIOPORA’s Secretary General submitted an official request to the Director General of the Polish Plant Variety Protection Office to seek clarification.

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