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January 31, 2020

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*Please note the update in the CIOPORA Breeders' Guide to Brexit on 31.01.2020
Download the CIOPORA Breeders' Guide to Brexit (member area)

Many events have occurred in the Brexit process since our last report published on March 14, 2019. Neither did the UK leave the EU on March 31 nor April 12, May 22, or October 31, 2019....

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 21, 2020

Brussels, January 8 – The European Commission has published a new version of its Report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries. The report flags third countries in which “the state of IPR protection and enforcement (both online and offline) gives rises to the greatest level of concern”.

For the first time, the...

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,...

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...

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