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Dutch Customs Host Information Event for IRBA Members

January 28, Amsterdam/Schiphol - the Dutch customs hosted members of the CIOPORA Crop Section Cut Rose/IRBA, including DeRuiter, Dümmen Orange, Kordes, and Meilland, at a half-day information event on Customs procedures and Customs IP enforcement. Starting with a presentation on the Customs' data-based approach to the imported goods controls and culminating in a full tour of the Customs' Schiphol facilities, the event provided plant breeders with a complete overview of the Customs' operations in the airport. In the course of the morning, the breeders visited the Customs' scanning facilities, where, at the time, a consignment of cut roses from Colombia and Ecuador was processed. Several Custo

Increased IP Options for Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Plant Varieties

First published by AmericanHort, Jan 4, published with permission On Thursday December 20th, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill 2018, which is officially known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. For breeders and growers of asexually reproduced plant varieties, this law is monumental as it broadens The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) to include asexually reproduced plant varieties, thus opening a new intellectual property (IP) protection avenue to these breeders/growers. Login to learn more... Photo by Jomar on Unsplash #USA #PVP #PBR #FarmBill2018 #PVPA #PlantVarietyprotection

Increased IP Options for Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Plant Varieties

Authors: Stephany G. Small, Ph.D., and Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., J.D., Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC (CIOPORA lawyer member) Reprint, first published by AmericanHort on Jan 5, 2019. Published with permission. On Thursday December 20th, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill 2018, which is officially known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. For breeders and growers of asexually reproduced plant varieties, this law is monumental as it broadens The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) to include asexually reproduced plant varieties, thus opening a new intellectual property (IP) protection avenue to these breeders/growers. Login to learn more... Until now, IP protection for asexu

CIOPORA Germany invites to Annual General Meeting 2019 in Hanover

January 25, Hamburg/Hanover - The CIOPORA Germany members are heartily invited to join the association's Annual General Meeting on February 21-22, 2019, in Hanover. A 1,5-day meeting, that traditionally takes place in the Tagungshotel Der Föhrenhof in the Lower Saxony capital, will begin with a visit at the Institute of Horticulture Production Systems (1 pm, Feb 21). After the tour of the Institute's facilities, the participants will be invited to join the meetings at the hotel (3:45 pm). All meetings are held in German. The program of the event's open part will feature the following presentations: 16:15 - Dr. S. Schröpfer (Institut für Züchtungsforschung an Obst, Dresden-Pillnitz) „CRISPR/

IRBA Holds a Seminar on Customs Enforcement in Amsterdam

January 10, Amsterdam - The CIOPORA Crop Section Cut Rose/IRBA held a Seminar on Customs Enforcement in Cut-Roses in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Organized in the framework of CIOPORA & IRBA's enforcement activities, the seminar aimed at assisting cut rose breeders in their efforts to stop imports of unauthorized flowers into the EU. Along with the eight cut rose breeding companies, the event was attended by the leading specialists on IP enforcement, as well as high-level officials, including the Dutch and French Customs Administrations and CPVO. The participants discussed practical aspects of border measures implementation in the EU, such as monitoring of imports of unauthorized flowers and

New German Law Implements the EU No-Variety-Denominations Rule in Trademarks

On January 14, 2019, the German Law on Modernisation of the Trademark Law (“Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Richtlinie (EU) 2015/2436 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 16. Dezember 2015 zur Angleichung der Rechtsvorschriften der Mitgliedstaaten über die Marken – Markenrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz (MaMoG)”) will enter into force. Photo: Anita Austvika, Unsplash The MaMoG implements the provisions of the Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of 16 December 2015. Most significantly for CIOPORA members, this law will introduce a new absolute ground for refusal of trademark applications (or declaration of a registered trademark invalid) on the national level in Germany. Pursuant to the new § 8 (2) (12) of

Meet CIOPORA's New Trainee: Elisabeth Doody

Joining the CIOPORA Office from the US’ West Coast is CIOPORA’s new trainee, Elisabeth Doody. Elisabeth is an undergraduate student at UC Davis and is currently pursuing her degree in Plant Sciences and Technology Management. A California native, Elisabeth has previously interned with berry breeders and growers across her state to trial new varieties and improve production practices. In summer 2018, Elisabeth worked with an agricultural association in Washington, D.C., where she not only studied the 2018 Farm Bill, the latest US hemp legislation and regulations in the area of sustainability but also experienced firsthand the ways of lobbying on the Capitol Hill. Elisabeth will be interning w

Meet Your New CIOPORA Academy Liaison: Katrin Huhnholz

From January 1, 2019, the CIOPORA Academy will be managed by Ms Katrin Huhnholz, the CIOPORA's new Project Manager. Born and raised in Germany, Katrin is an experienced event manager and a PR professional. She started her career organizing large-scale trade fairs in Argentina and later worked for a number of clients in the area of Event & PR, including a sports photography agency, the Italian designer brand Alessi and Reemtsma in Hamburg. Katrin’s choice of profession truly reflects her personality and early academic interests: being fluent in Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish, she has always been fond of languages, human communication and intercultural cooperation. Katrin holds a d

Your New CIOPORA Academy Liaison: Katrin Huhnholz

From January 1, 2019, the CIOPORA Academy will be managed by Ms Katrin Huhnholz, the CIOPORA's new Project Manager. Born and raised in Germany, Katrin is an experienced event manager and PR professional. She started her career organizing large-scale trade fairs in Argentina and later worked for a number of clients in the area of Event & PR, including a sports photography agency, the Italian designer brand Alessi and Reemtsma in Hamburg. Katrin’s choice of profession truly reflects her personality and early academic interests: being fluent in Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish, she has always been fond of languages, human communication and intercultural cooperation. Katrin holds a deg

Meet CIOPORA's New Trainee: Elisabeth Doody

Joining the CIOPORA Office from the US’ West Coast is CIOPORA’s new trainee, Elisabeth Doody. Elisabeth is an undergraduate student at UC Davis and is currently pursuing her degree in Plant Sciences and Technology Management. A California native, Elisabeth has previously interned with berry breeders and growers across her state to trial new varieties and improve production practices. In summer 2018, Elisabeth worked with an agricultural association in Washington, D.C., where she not only studied the 2018 Farm Bill, the latest US hemp legislation and regulations in the area of sustainability but also experienced firsthand the ways of lobbying on the Capitol Hill. Elisabeth will be interning w

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