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CIOPORA meets with SENADI, Explores Possibilities to Improve Ecuador’s PBR

September 19–23, Quito – on occasion of the fall industry trade fairs 2018 in Ecuador, CIOPORA’s legal counsel Micaela Filippo joined Dean Rule and IRBA members in Quito with the goal to explore opportunities for improvement of the Ecuadorian PBR regime. Along with visiting CIOPORA members and several growers at the Expo Flor Ecuador 2018, the main points of the mission’s agenda included a meeting with SENADI, the National Service for Intellectual Property Rights established in April 2018 replacing IEPI. SENADI – broadened competencies, ambitious goals. According to Mr Santiago Cevallos, the SENADI’s Chief Executive Officer, the new agency was entrusted with a much broader scope of competenc

CIOPORA and USPTO Discuss Distinctness, EDV Concept

Washington, D.C., September 6 – CIOPORA utilized its presence in the US capital during the two-day CIOPORA Academy session to hold a follow-up meeting with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who also kindly hosted a tour for the workshop participants later that day. At the USPTO, the CIOPORA delegation was greeted by Mrs Karin Ferriter (Deputy Chief Policy Officer, Office of Policy and International Affairs), Mr. Chris Hannon (Patent Attorney in the Office of Policy & International Affairs), Mrs. Elaine Wu (Office of Policy and International Affairs), with USPTO Director Mr Andrei Iancu joining the meeting in its part. The latter came as a surprise and was greatly appreciated by

CIOPORA Asks for ICA’s Support before UPOV Amid Solid PVR Status Quo

CIOPORA’s September Mission to Bogotá, Colombia September 24, Bogotá – After several days of meeting in Quito, CIOPORA mission to South America continued in the capital of Colombia, where the association’s legal counsel Micaela Filippo met with ICA officials as well as the President of Asocoflores Mr Augusto Solano and Ms Corina Zambrano, the Executive Director of CENIFLORES, the Colombian Floriculture Innovation Center. Solid status quo. CIOPORA has been content with the situation in Colombia. The country has adopted a regulatory approach to Plant Variety Protection: despite maintaining the UPOV 1978, Colombia has provided all necessary legislative and regulatory tools, including criminaliz

Empowered SENADI, FTA Synergies: Will the Tide Turn on Ecuadorian PBR?

CIOPORA’s September Mission to Quito, Ecuador September 19 – 23, Quito – on occasion of the fall industry trade fairs 2018 in Ecuador, CIOPORA’s legal counsel Micaela Filippo joined Dean Rule and IRBA members in Quito with the goal to explore opportunities for improvement of the Ecuadorian PBR regime. Beside visiting CIOPORA members and selected growers at the Expo Flor 2018, the main points of the mission’s agenda included meetings with SENADI, the National Service for Intellectual Property Rights established in April 2018 in place of IEPI, as well as the talks with the EU Delegation and the US Embassy in Ecuador. The meetings explored ways to strengthen the position of CIOPORA members in t

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