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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 t...

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 practic...

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. Th...

September 2, 2019

August 29 - UPOV has announced that its Council took a positive decision on conformity of the Draft Plant Variety Protection Laws of Nigeria and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with the 1991 Act of UPOV Convention. If adopted and brought in force without changes, both states can deposit their instruments of accession to UPOV 1991.

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August 25, 2019

August 25, Auckland - The past President of CIOPORA Sam McGredy IV passed away at the age of 87 at his home in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Born in 1932 in Portadown, Northern Ireland, at the age of two Sam became heir to the family rose nursery founded by his great-grandfather in 1880. Later on, he and his family eventually moved to New Zealand in 1972, where...

Present-day breeding companies are assisted by intelligent systems that collect and analyse data obtained from various sources, such as plant phenotyping software, sensors, drones, or other data-driven technologies. These tools generate valuable information about companies’ breeding programmes, which is kept as a trade secret. Trade secrets have become as...

August 5, 2019

Piet Schreurs Holding B.V. (breeder), through its commercial representative in Ecuador, has filed a series of Intellectual Property claims before the National Plant Breeders Authority of Ecuador (a part of the National Intellectual Rights Service, SENADI) against several persons who had been exploiting Schreurs’ plant varieties without authorization.


In a decision of June 19, 2019, the President of the Antwerp Business Court, in so-called ‘accelerated proceedings on the merits’, issued an injunction against a Belgian pear grower based on the finding that the latter had infringed the EU Plant Variety Right for the pear variety ‘Saels’, brand name Corina®. 

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July 17, 2019

July 17, Oakland - New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has launched a round of public consultations, accepting feedback to the PVR Act Review Options paper. The document is based on the current PVR system assessment and an independent economic analysis conducted by the Sapere Research Group. The paper sets out a framewo...

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