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July 17, 2019

CIOPORA and Ball Horticultural Company offer a 1.5-day learning and networking event in the Chicago area on August 15 – 16, 2019

Hamburg/West Chicago, July 16 – This summer, CIOPORA will partner with its U.S.-based member Ball Horticultural Company to bring a CIOPORA Academy Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) for plants to the Chicago area. With five l...

June 28, Brussels/Osaka – first rounds of negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and the Mercosur started back in the 1990s. Since then, many transformations have occurred in the South American region: governments have changed, economic crises were repeatedly superseded by economic boom and vice versa.; yet one aspect remained the s...

This article addresses one of the topics of the upcoming Madrid (Oct 20-21)and Amsterdam (Nov 4-5) Workshops on IP for Plants in the framework of the CIOPORA Academy project - learn more about the workshops & register.

This contribution is not about breaking news’. Instead, it is about something that has been and continuously remains on CIOPORA’s agenda: w...

July 2, 2019

Budapest, June 24-25 – At the 50th UPOV TWF Session, the CIOPORA delegation consisting of CIOPORA Office and the CIOPORA Head Technical Experts on Apples, Strawberry and Grapes, advocated for stronger PBRs in fruit crops based on CIOPORA’s Position Paper on Minimum Distance. The meeting focused on the Technical Guidelines for apples, grapevines, strawberr...

July 1, 2019

We are happy to introduce to you Stephanie Mitzschke, who has just joined the CIOPORA Office and will be assisting our team (10 h/w) with various tasks, including member and supporter acquisition. Stephanie has been studying Business Administration majoring in Marketing (BA) at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg/Schweinfurt and is in the process...

June 3, 2019

All players of the green business are heartily invited to register for the Workshop on IP for Plants that will take place on August 15-16 in St. Charles, IL, west of Chicago.

The event includes a full-day workshop with five modules on IP for plants (Aug 15) and a half-day visit at the Ball's premises in West Chicago (Aug 16). During the visit, the particip...

The South African Plant Breeders’ Rights Act No. 12 of 2018 (the new Act) was assented to on 27 March 2019 and published in the South African Government Gazette on 29 March 2019. Although the new Act has been assented to, it is not yet in force.  The new Act will only come into force once it has been proclaimed and Regulations have been published.  This i...

On July 25th of 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that organisms obtained by modern forms of mutagenesis are GMO. Hence, any organism obtained by means of a New Breeding Technique (NBT) that applies muta­genesis are automatically classified as a Genetically Modi­fied Organism (GMO) within the scope of the Directive 2001/18/ EC....

On 10 April 2019 the Australian Government released amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (Cth) (Regulations) which will change the law in Australia so that organisms (including plants, animals and human cell lines) developed using certain types of new gene editing techniques will no longer be classified and regulated as genetically modified...

May 7, 2019

Geneva, May 6 - The Government of Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification of the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants on May 2, 2019.

Belgium, which is already one of the seventy-five members of UPOV, is the fifty-eighth member to become bound by the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. The 1991 Act wi...

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