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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 opportunities to Egypt's growers. Once effectively enforced, the new Plant Variety Protection law will help boost the country's horticultural and agricultural sectors.

Source: UPOV

October 30, 2019

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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 about the narrow EDV concept interpretation in the UPOV EXN.

UPOV CAJ first agreed to consider the revision at its 75th meeting in 2018, after CIOPORA, ISF and the U.S. delegation at UPOV stressed the shortcomings of the current EDV interpretati...

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 to colleagues in the South America’s largest flower-producing country.

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The ongoing riots, triggered by the October 1 Government’s decree ending the fuel subsidies, have immobilized the country undermi...

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.

September 23, 2019

Short report on 2019 CIOPORA Mission in China - See Member Area for more details

September 11, Beijing – A CIOPORA group comprised of 13 CIOPORA members, respectively their Chinese representatives, led by Secretary General  Dr Edgar Krieger met with 20 high-ranking officials of China’s MARA and NFGA at the MARA premises in Beijing. In total 20 governmental representatives participated in the meeting. The goal of the meeting was to further strengthen the relationships with the Chinese authorities, to discuss CIOPORA’s input to the draft PBR regulation and the future development of the draft, as...

September 19, 2019

September 16, Frankfurt M. -  Dr Jan de Riek was appointed CIOPORA Co-Vice President at the latest meeting of the CIOPORA Board.

The research group leader at ILVO, the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Belgium, Jan is a long-standing CIOPORA Board member. He is the Chairman and the brainpower behind the CIOPORA WorkingGroup Biotechnology and will continue to head the group in the future. At ILVO, Jan focuses on molecular genetics and breeding research in ornamental and agricultural crops. He holds a PhD in plant biotechnology from the University of Gent.

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September 18, 2019

September 16-17, Frankfurt M. – for the first time, CIOPORA Board meeting opened doors to external guests, including representatives of ISF and UPOV’s Vice Secretary-General Peter Button, for a discussion on most pressing IP topics.

In view of the upcoming UPOV seminar on Essentially Derived Varieties on October 30, discussions in both meetings addressed the interpretation of EDV concept, whereas CIOPORA and ISF agreed on a coordinated lobby effort on this topic. The associations also exchanged information on PBR in China and India and their approaches to advocacy in these countries. Both organ...

September 17, 2019

In September issue of EuropeanSeed magazine, CIOPORA explains why horticultural breeders need UPOV to open its Explanatory Note on EDV:

Read the online issue of the magazine, pp. 26-27: EUROPEANSEED

September 14, 2019

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September 13 - EUIPO has released an IPR enforcement case-law collection on the liability and obligations of online intermediaries.

Underlying that in the online environment IPR infringement may be facilitated by the use of services of intermediary service providers, the collection aims to shed light on the most recent court practice in determining the liability of such intermediaries.

The collection contains an array of relevant decisions of the CJEU and national courts, issued between 2016 and the beginning of 2019.

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September 10, 2019

Note: The article was originally published by on August 28, 2019. The abstract is published with persmission.


In October 2016, a new European Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (Regulation) on protective measures against plant pests was adopted. The Regulation repeals and replaces seven existing European Directives on harmful organisms. They entered into force on 13 December 2016 and will be directly applicable in all of the EU Member States from 14 December 2019.

These new regulations aim to modernise the EU plant health regime, enhancing more effective measures for the protect...

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