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Thank you and Farewell to CIOPORA Germany's Prof Dr Juergen Grunewaldt

February 21 - 22, Hanover - Prof Dr Juergen Grunewaldt has officially announced his retirement from the Executive Secretary role at CIOPORA Germany at the association's Annual General Meeting 2019 on February 21 - 22 in Hanover, Germany. Resigning after heading CIOPORA Germany for fourteen years, he will remain active in the Insitute of Plant Genetics at the Leibniz University of Hanover. Over the course of his career, Prof Grunewaldt has worked at the leading German institutions, including Max Planck Society, University of Hanover and the Ahrensburg Institute for Ornamental Plant Breeding, conducting his academic work in the field of Applied Genetics and Plant Breeding. Over the past fo

CIOPORA Germany's Incoming Executive Secretary: Meet Elisa Markula

As of March 31, 2019, Ms Elisa Markula will become CIOPORA Germany's new Executive Secretary, managing the affairs of the national association in the framework of the CIOPORA Germany's associate membership at the German Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e.V. - ZVG). Elisa's appointment was officially announced at the Annual General Meeting 2019 of CIOPORA Germany on February 21-22 in Hanover. Elisa, who has been with the German Horticultural Association since 2016, holds a Master degree in horticulture. She started her career at ZVG in a PR & Communications role and is presently in charge of two organizations, the ZVG Young Plant section and Hortigate, with CIOPORA German

Meilland Successfully Enforces PBR in Italy

In February 2012, an alleged PVR infringement in the Bari region was reported to Gamba Studio Legale Associato. The alleged infringers were suspected of the non-authorized production of 10.000 plants of two MEILLAND varieties, Meikatana and Meivanthou, both protected by Community Plant Variety Rights. Based on the Descrizione Giudiziale, the title holder MEILLAND was asked to prove his ownership of the titles (documentary evidence) and to demonstrate that the non-authorized plant material belonged to its rose varieties. After several years of proceedings, a sentence of the Court of Bari was issued on July 9, 2018. The defendant was found guilty of the infringement of Meilland's PVR and unfai

To be, or not to be… a part of UPOV 1991: more than an obligation, an aspiration

Mexico is one of the most open nations to the international trade: over the years, the country became a part of a number of free trade agreements in order to open investment opportunities and to explore new markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Today, Mexico is a party to 12 free trade agreements with 46 countries, 32 reciprocal investment promotion and protection agreements with 33 countries; and nine economic complementation and partial scope agreements within the framework of ALADI, the Latin American Integration Association. These agreements provide a framework and motivate foreign investment as well as promote Mexican products and services to the world. Mexico ranks 12th in the

Deal or No-Deal: Post-Brexit Plant Breeders' Rights Scenarios. CIOPORA Analysis

February 19, 2019 – In view of the upcoming (and unstoppable?) Brexit, CPVO has published an announcement regarding the future of the Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) in the UK. The announcement reads that in the case of a no-deal scenario, “in order to ensure that protection if afforded in the UK for varieties which have been granted Community plant variety right as from 29 January 2019, a new application to the competent UK authority must be made.” Photo credit: Photo by Adi Ulici on Unsplash This announcement is based on a prior statement by the UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), according to which “all varieties with a Community plant variety right granted b

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