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The Supreme People’s Court of China has handed down its decision in the highly anticipated San Hong Pomelo Plant Variety Rights Infringement Case – providing significant clarification on the scope of Plant Variety Rights in China.

December 11, Beijing - The Supreme People’s Court handed down its decision on the Plant Variety Rights (PVR) infringement case...

December 16, 2019

Ragusa, November 20 – The Court of Ragusa sentenced an Italian grower, accused of the illegal propagation of a registered tomato variety, to one-year imprisonment and a fine of EUR 15,000 under the Article 517ter. of the Italian Criminal Code “Manufacturing and sale of goods infringing the industrial property rights”. The Court also ordered the defendant...

December 12, 2019

December 3, Angers - CIOPORA Secretary General Dr Edgar Krieger participated in the CPVO Meeting of Examination offices (EOM) contributing a presentation on the issue of variety distinctness.

In CIOPORA's opinion, the EU Regulation 2100/94 (CPVR), discriminates two different degrees of "difference" between plant varieties:

  1. a (smaller) botanical degree w...

December 11, 2019

By Ernst-Jan Louwers, Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten

For propagation purposes, the breeder - the owner or licensee of PVRs - must make plant material available to nurseries, either directly or through his licensees. Propagated plants must then be made available to the growers for production purposes. This may lead to exhaustion of the PVRs on those plants...

November 28, 2019

October 14-16, Mexico – In anticipation of the PBR Law review by Mexico and its potential accession to the UPOV 1991 Act, CIOPORA legal counsel Micaela Filippo visited the country to raise awareness towards IP for plants and, on behalf of the breeders’ community, to contribute to Mexico’s current discourse on PBR.

 Photo credit: Jorge Zapata, Unsplash...

November 27, 2019

Brisbane, October 11– the Australia-based Mountain Blue Orchards has won a legal battle over the unauthorized propagation, production and sale of its blueberry variety Ridley 1111.

The Federal Court of Australia (Queensland) entered orders that the respondents had infringed the Mountain Blue’s PBR in relation to propagating and harvested material of the va...

November 1, 2019

UPOV announced that Egypt has deposited its instrument of accession to the UPOV Convention on November 1, 2019, and is to become the seventy-sixth member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on December 1, 2019. 

CIOPORA sees the UPOV accession by Egypt as an important step toward providing more economic opportuni...

October 30, 2019

For immediate release

Geneva/Hamburg, October 30 – at its 76th meeting, the UPOV Administrative and Legal Committee (CAJ) agreed to start the review process of the UPOV Explanatory Note (EXN) on Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV). The move, highly anticipated by the breeding sector, comes months after an alliance of breeder organizations raised concerns a...

October 14, 2019

Hamburg, October 14 – Declaring its solidarity and friendship with the Ecuadorian flower industry and its long-standing partner the national association of flower exporters and producers Expoflores, CIOPORA expresses its concern with the political situation in Ecuador and calls upon the international community and the green sector to extend their support...

October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019 - CIOPORA is launching an education webinar program on Intellectual Property for plants in the framework of the CIOPORA Academy.

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