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Andalucia Roadtrip: CIOPORA Visits Members in Fruit-Rich Southern Spain

Andalucia, May 14 - 16 - CIOPORA Secretary General Edgar Krieger and CIOPORA Treasurer Dominique Thévenon spent three days on the road in Southern Spain visiting member companies in the fruit-rich region. The road trip took them from Sevilla over Huelva region to Córdoba where they met with CIOPORA members Eurogenetic, Royal Berries, Plantas Continental, and Phytoplant, additionally making a stop at the premises of the Geslive member Planasa. The talks at the companies evolved around member needs and IP-related problems their companies face while conducting their day-to-day business activities. The trip is a part of the regular member visits undertaken by CIOPORA in various regions across

'We need to test the system' Andrea Mansuino speaks on CIOPORA’s Behalf at China PVP Forum

By Andrea Mansuino and Alanna Rennie The PVP Forum took place in Yanqing, a remote area on the outskirts of Beijing, which will be the location of the 2019 International Horticulture Expo to take place next year between April 29 and October 7. The event was opened by the local authorities inviting foreign visitors to attend the 2019 International Horticulture Expo, where exhibitors from over 100 countries and at least 15 million visitors are expected. The PVP Forum was moderated by CIOPORA lawyer member Dr. Yu. Dr Yu’s partner in the newly established Beijing Zongke International PBR Royalty Management Co., also spoke about PBR enforcement in China later in the day. Several CIOPORA members i

CIOPORA Provides EC with a List of its Key Concerns as to PVP in China

On Monday, May 14, Alanna Rennie represented CIOPORA at the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) EU-China Business Stakeholder Consultation Meeting at the European Commission Department of Trade in Brussels. The meeting is part of the ongoing EU-China IP Dialogues which have been held on an annual basis since 2004. The objective of these dialogues is for China and the EU to share information on IPR strategies, multilateral and bilateral IPR issues, and national IP legislation and practices, with the goal of identifying shortcomings and making proposals for improvement. The purpose of the meeting on May 14 was for the European Commission Department of Trade to update China business stakeholders

AGM Pictures are in: See our 2018 AGM Ghent Album!

At the CIOPORA AGM 2018 in Ghent, we met old friends and colleagues, established new connections and business contacts. We talked about IP, horticulture business and ways to improve both, and we also had some fun! For more impressions, see the entire AGM 2018 album. #AGM #2018 #Ghent #Events #Pictures

IP on Rocky Trail: The USTR Special 301 Report Flags Countries for Non-compliance in IP

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the 2018 Special 301 Report identifying countries that do not effectively protect and/or enforce Intellectual Property Rights. Surprisingly, this year, Colombia was downgraded to the lowest-performing category, the Priority Watch List, due to its failure to fulfil its obligations under the U.S. - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA). According to the report, “Colombia also needs to make other improvements with respect to the implementation of significant IP-related commitments under the CTPA, including commitments to address the challenges of online piracy and accession to UPOV 91.” Notwithstanding the ob

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