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CIOPORA Past President Sam McGredy IV Passes Away

August 25, Auckland - The past President of CIOPORA Sam McGredy IV passed away at the age of 87 at his home in Auckland, New Zealand. Born in 1932 in Portadown, Northern Ireland, at the age of two Sam became heir to the family rose nursery founded by his great-grandfather in 1880. Later on, he and his family eventually moved to New Zealand in 1972, where they set up a new nursery and continued the four-generation tradition of growing and breeding roses. At its peak, under Sam's management, the nursery grew one million plants on 120 ha and had 160 staff members. His most successful varieties include, ‘Dublin Bay’, ‘Bantry Bay’, ‘Sexy Rexy’ and ‘My Girl’. Sam McGredy also pioneered the area of

Show Support for CIOPORA at the UPOV Seminar on EDV

On October 30 in Geneva, UPOV will hold a seminar on the impact of policy on Essentially Derived Varieties (EDVs) on breeding strategy. The event is of a special significance to CIOPORA, who has been advocating for a broader EDV concept interpretation before UPOV and the member states with the goal to open the UPOV Explanatory Note on EDV. The seminar presents a perfect opportunity for CIOPORA and its members to raise issues surrounding the current regulation of EDV and to put forward the CIOPORA's position on the subject. The CIOPORA members Micha Danziger, Danziger "DAN" Flower Farm (Israel), and Emma Brown, Plant & Food Research (New Zealand), are scheduled to speak about the impact of ED

Join 2019 CIOPORA Mission to China: All Details at a Glance

As announced via internal circular email on July 25, CIOPORA invites its members to join the 2019 mission to China. The main event on the mission's agenda is a meeting with MARA and NFGA officials on September 11. The proposed points for the agenda will include: New developments in respect of the draft PVP Regulations, including consequences of the new Regulation to existing applications & grants; Essentially Derived Varieties – Revision of the UPOV Explanatory Notes on EDV (ask China to support our lobby); Status quo of DUS examination in China (procedure, roles, authorities); Extension of the lists of protectable species; Consequences of the “no-fee-policy” and possible developments of the

Information Protection in the Breeding Industry

Present-day breeding companies are assisted by intelligent systems that collect and analyse data obtained from various sources, such as plant phenotyping software, sensors, drones, or other data-driven technologies. These tools generate valuable information about companies’ breeding programmes, which is kept as a trade secret. Trade secrets have become as important as patent rights for protecting innovation. Globalisation and increasing digitalisation present new challenges to safeguarding breeders’ trade secrets. Picture: Shutterstock Trade secrets protection in the EU Until recently, there was no harmonised protection for trade secrets in the European Union (EU). Although the EU Member Sta

Schreurs Reports Successful Enforcement Action in Ecuador

Piet Schreurs Holding B.V. (breeder), through its commercial representative in Ecuador, has filed a series of Intellectual Property claims before the National Plant Breeders Authority of Ecuador (a part of the National Intellectual Rights Service, SENADI) against several persons who had been exploiting Schreurs’ plant varieties without authorization. Evidence. The alleged infringers were part of the same family group and for more than ten years had been operating a flower farm El Ángel, Northern Ecuador... Continue reading in the member area #Enforcement #Ecuador #DavidAustinRoses #PlantBreedersRights

Schreurs Reports Successful Enforcement Action in Ecuador

Piet Schreurs Holding B.V. (breeder), through its commercial representative in Ecuador, has filed a series of Intellectual Property claims before the National Plant Breeders Authority of Ecuador (a part of the National Intellectual Rights Service, SENADI) against several persons who had been exploiting Schreurs’ plant varieties without authorization. Evidence. The alleged infringers were part of the same family group and for more than ten years had been operating a flower farm El Ángel, Northern Ecuador. Sometimes, the infringers operated on behalf of natural persons belonging to the family and, in some cases, on behalf of different companies. The names of the persons operating the flower fa

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