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CPVO Extends Time Limits for All Proceedings, Exceptions Apply

March 24, Angers - the President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) Martin Ekvad has taken a "Decision concerning the extension of time limits" that fall into the period from March 17 – May 3. The extension applies to all proceedings before the Office and the Board of Appeal. However, the plant material submissions for technical examination and the payments of examination fees should proceed as planned where possible. The CPVO Office further explained that the plant material submission deadlines depended on the species in question. While some technical examinations will proceed as scheduled despite the COVID-19 crisis, in other cases, a delay may be necessary. For this reason, the

HilverdaFlorist Stops Shipment of Illegal Carnations at Schiphol

Upon a request by HilverdaFlorist, several boxes of illegally produced cut carnations from Ecuador have been controlled and stopped by the customs officers at the entry point at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The flowers have been seized and destroyed. Picture credit: Kai Yi Wong on Unsplash The illegally produced cut carnations were meant for the sale around the March 8 International Women's Day. The flowers from the seized shipment originated from growers mainly based around the city of Latacunga, 100 km south of Quito, Ecuador. Every year, plant breeders, such as HilverdaFlorist, invest millions in the improvement of their varieties. The cost of the plant breeding work can only be covere

CIOPORA Faces: New Pro Bono Positions Assumed by CIOPORA Members

In many areas, CIOPORA relies on its members' pro bono activity on behalf of the association. We are pleased to present the latest appointments: Ingrid Slangen (Selecta One, Germany) has been confirmed by the CIOPORA Board as the CIOPORA representative at the EU/CPVO. As of 2020, Ingrid will represent CIOPORA at the CPVO Administrative Council, CPVO Examination Offices Meeting and the bilateral meetings with CPVO. For many years, these pro bono responsibility has been carried out by Dominique Thévenon (AIGN/AOHE). Ingrid will also continue as the Chair of the Crop Section Cut Flowers. The CIOPORA Board thanks both Dominique and Ingrid for their long-term commitment to and engagement on behal

Poland Establishes Specialized IP Courts, including PBR

February 19, Warsaw - Polish President has signed into law an Act amending the 1964 Code of Civil Procedure and some other laws i.a. establishing specialized courts on Intellectual Property matters. Giving a broad definition of "Intellectual Property case", the amendment provides that such cases will now be tried exclusively in four first instance courts located in Warsaw, Posen, Gdansk, and Lublin, and two appeal courts. The IP Court in Warsaw will have a special role having exclusive jurisdiction for the most complex cases, including PBR. The amendment also introduces mandatory legal representation in IP cases with the dispute value above PLN 20,000 (EUR 4,700). The changes will enter into

AGM 2020 in Marrakesh Cancelled

March 12, Hamburg – Due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak and related risks, CIOPORA has announced the cancellation of its Annual General Meeting Week 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Addressing CIOPORA members and guests in an official statement released on March 12, CIOPORA President Steven Hutton wrote: “Although we are announcing the cancellation with great disappointment, we strongly believe that it is the only reasonable decision in the present situation. Above all, your safety and health are CIOPORA’s main priorities.” Because the epidemiological situation is changing swiftly, CIOPORA will not try to reschedule the events. The registered participants have been asked to cancel their travel

Meilland Successfully Enforces its PVR and the Knock Out® Trademark in Italy

January 13, Milan - The Court of Milan has ruled in favour of the plaintiff Meilland International, represented by the law firm Studio Legale Gamba Associato, in a case against a grower from the Como area, Italy. The case was initiated after discovering several thousands of unauthorized plants of the varieties Radrazz and Meigadraz (marketed under the KNOCK OUT® Trademark) at the defendant's premises. The Court confirmed the full exclusivity of the titleholder's rights both in respect of the plant varieties and the Trademark, pointing out that the exhaustion of such rights can only take place with authorization by the titleholder. The burden of proof of such authorization is on the defendant

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