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Belgian Court Issues Injunction Against 'Saels' Pear Grower for Illegal Propagation

In a decision of June 19, 2019, the President of the Antwerp Business Court, in so-called ‘accelerated proceedings on the merits’, issued an injunction against a Belgian pear grower based on the finding that the latter had infringed the EU Plant Variety Right for the pear variety ‘Saels’, brand name Corina®. Picture: The picture DOES not show the mentioned variety "Saels" and is for illustrative purposes only. Credit: David Fartek, Unsplash.com Saels is a mutant of the well-known Conférence pear and is distinct from Conférénce in the characteristic “time of maturity for consumption”. It ripens approximately two weeks earlier and can thus be commercialized two weeks sooner, which offers a com

New Zealand Holds Public Consultation on Review of its 1987 PVR Act

July 17, Oakland - New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has launched a round of public consultations, accepting feedback to the PVR Act Review Options paper. The document is based on the current PVR system assessment and an independent economic analysis conducted by the Sapere Research Group. The paper sets out a framework for the PVR Act 1987 update and outlines some preferred options supported by the analysis. Picture: Henry McIntosh (@henrymcintosh), Unsplash.com Under the provisions of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), New Zealand is required to accede to the Act 1991 of the UPOV Convention by December 30, 202

U.S. and European IP is the Focus of CIOPORA Academy Workshop in Chicago/St. Charles

CIOPORA and Ball Horticultural Company offer a 1.5-day learning and networking event in the Chicago area on August 15 – 16, 2019 Hamburg/West Chicago, July 16 – This summer, CIOPORA will partner with its U.S.-based member Ball Horticultural Company to bring a CIOPORA Academy Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) for plants to the Chicago area. With five lectures on various aspects of IP protection for plant innovations on August 15 and a tour of the Ball facilities in West Chicago on August 16, the workshop will deliver a unique learning and networking experience to horticulture professionals. “Over the past three years, the U.S. edition of the CIOPORA Academy has become a tradition anticip

CIOPORA Advocates for Broader Minimum Distances in Fruits

Budapest, June 24-25 – At the 50th UPOV TWF Session, the CIOPORA delegation consisting of CIOPORA Office and the CIOPORA Head Technical Experts on Apples, Strawberry and Grapes, advocated for stronger PBRs in fruit crops based on CIOPORA’s Minimum Distance paper. The meeting focused on the Technical Guidelines for apples, grapevines, strawberries, and cherries, with heated discussions evolving around addition and removal of certain characteristics. CIOPORA delegates proposed diverse changes to the current guidelines in accordance with the CIOPORA Position Paper on Minimum Distance. They raised concerns about shrinking distances between varieties that entail negative commercial consequences

A (Happy) Ending for the 20-year old EU-Mercosur Seesaw

June 28, Brussels/Osaka – first rounds of negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and the Mercosur started back in the 1990s. Since then, many transformations have occurred in the South American region: governments have changed, economic crises were repeatedly superseded by economic boom and vice versa.; yet one aspect remained the same: the PBR protection systems in the region. Now, with a freshly signed trade agreement, we can expect changes. Picture: Ferran Feixas, Unsplash.com After a long process of taking and giving, the EU and the Mercosur, the economic block formed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, have finally reached a historic “agreement in princip

Breeder's Right to Harvested Material: Could Breeders Benefit a Bit More Often, Please?

This article addresses one of the topics of the upcoming Madrid (Oct 20-21)and Amsterdam (Nov 4-5) Workshops on IP for Plants in the framework of the CIOPORA Academy project - learn more about the workshops & register. This contribution is not about breaking news’. Instead, it is about something that has been and continuously remains on CIOPORA’s agenda: what subjects could our association address to further strengthen the protection afforded by Plant Variety Rights (PVR)? Among others, it is the extended protection which enables a breeder to enforce his right to harvested material of his variety. 1. Traditionally, the breeder could exercise his plant variety right only in relation to propag

CIOPORA Advocates for Broader Minimum Distances in Fruits at UPOV TWF 50

Budapest, June 24-25 – At the 50th UPOV TWF Session, the CIOPORA delegation consisting of CIOPORA Office and the CIOPORA Head Technical Experts on Apples, Strawberry and Grapes, advocated for stronger PBRs in fruit crops based on CIOPORA’s Position Paper on Minimum Distance. The meeting focused on the Technical Guidelines for apples, grapevines, strawberries, and cherries, with heated discussions evolving around addition and removal of certain characteristics. CIOPORA delegates proposed diverse changes to the current guidelines in accordance with the CIOPORA Position Paper. They raised concerns about shrinking distances between varieties that entail negative commercial consequences and, thus

Meet Stephanie Mitzschke - CIOPORA New Student Team Assistant

We are happy to introduce to you Stephanie Mitzschke, who has just joined the CIOPORA Office and will be assisting our team (10 h/w) with various tasks, including member and supporter acquisition. Stephanie has been studying Business Administration majoring in Marketing (BA) at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg/Schweinfurt and is in the process of transferring to the University of Hamburg. Due to her mixed ancestry, Stephanie is fluent in English, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese. CIOPORA team #Personnel #CIOPORAoffice #Team

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