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August 21, 2018

CIOPORA, together with its Israeli members Danziger and Grapa Varieties, invites local plant breeders to the 1st CIOPORA Israeli Plant Breeder Meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 4:30 pm in Benyamina.

During a two-hour meeting followed by an open discussion of PVR-related issues and a networking dinner, plant breeders will be provided with a comprehe...

August 14, 2018

The CIOPORA Crop Section (CS) Gypsophila is expanding its activities to all cut flowers (except cut rose) and invites all cut flower breeders to join.

The kick-off meeting of the enlarged interest group will take place at the premises of IFTF 2018 in Vijfhuizen at 17:30 on November 6. The tentative agenda of the meeting includes discussion of the joint enf...

July 31, 2018

Hamburg, July 31 - CIOPORA has published a legal opinion on the recent referral by the Spanish Supreme Court ("Tribunal Supremo") to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning questions of interpretation of the harvested material, provisional protection and exhaustion provisions of EU Regulation 2100/94 on the Community Plant Variety Rights (“the Regulatio...

July 25, 2018

Luxembourg, July 25, 2018 - Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union released its judgement in Case C-528/16 ruling that:

- organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs within the meaning of the GMO Directive;
- such organisms are subjects to the obligations and restrictions laid down by that Directive.

The only exemption specified by the CJEU ap...

July 9, 2018

We firmly believe that you have to know a product or a service before opting in. We also believe that once competitors become a part of a long-standing professional community with established traditions, they first and foremost become colleagues. They begin to share their experiences, support each other's learning efforts and advance their careers and the...

June 6, 2018

Are you looking for a traineeship opportunity where you can become a part of an international (and fun) team, take responsibility for your own projects from day one and learn about Intellectual Property protection for plant innovations?

CIOPORA is looking for trainee candidates with the legal, policy and agronomy backgrounds to join its administrative off...

May 28, 2018

Andalucia, May 14 - 16  - CIOPORA Secretary General Edgar Krieger and CIOPORA Treasurer Dominique Thévenon spent three days on the road in Southern Spain visiting member companies in the fruit-rich region. The road trip took them from Sevilla over Huelva region to Córdoba where they met with CIOPORA members Eurogenetic, Royal Berries, Plantas Continental,...

May 24, 2018

At the CIOPORA AGM 2018 in Ghent, we met old friends and colleagues, established new connections and business contacts. We talked about IP, horticulture business and ways to improve both, and we also had some fun! For more impressions, see the entire AGM 2018 album

May 3, 2018

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the 2018 Special 301 Report identifying countries that do not effectively protect and/or enforce Intellectual Property Rights.

Surprisingly, this year, Colombia was downgraded to the lowest-performing category, the Priority Watch List, due to its failure to fulfil its obliga...

March 29, 2018

Businesses throughout Africa often face higher tariffs on the intracontinental exports than when they export outside of Africa. The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) signed by 44 African countries on March 22 in Kigali, Rwanda, aims to put an end to the high tariffs opening borders for trade between the signatory states.

The agreement...

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