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March 17, 2020

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 Examina...

March 17, 2020

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 l...

March 12, 2020

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 grea...

January 21, 2020

January 6 - USDA has announced the publication of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Regulations final rule in the U.S. Federal Register on January 6, 2020. The final rule implements the 2018 Farm Bill amendment to add PVP protection for asexually reproduced plants. Effective immediately, PVPO accepts applications for asexually reproduced plants.

As reques...

January 6, 2020

Hainan, December 18-19 – Alanna Rennie represented CIOPORA at the Fifth Forum on Forest Genetic Resources and Ecological Construction in Hainan, China, hosted by China's National Academy of Forestry and National Laboratory of Forestry Genetics Breeding. With over 350 participants, mostly Chinese plant breeders, and some high-level officials in attendance,...

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...

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...

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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