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March 22, 2018

CPVO is considering to launch SEPA Direct Debit Project, which will allow to automatically recover the amounts due in application and CPVR fees from title holders. Once launched, the project will create a more efficient and an easy-to-use payment system for the CPVR users, further reduce the administrative load for both applicants and the CPVO, and help a...

March 15, 2018

The co-owner of Kientzler and InnovaPlant Helmut Kientzler (68) passed away unexpectedly on March 7.

Born on February 8, 1950, the second son of Kientzler founders Else and Ludwig Kientzler, Helmut started his career in the family business aged 22 after acquiring his degree in economics. Over the course of his professional career, Helmut made a significant...

March 12, 2018

On occasion of the CIOPORA Annual General Meeting in Ghent, on April 26 CIOPORA and ILVO Plant will hold a Public Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of Biotechnology in Ornamentals and Fruits at the ILVO Plant's Headquarters in Melle, Belgium.

The event program features an impressive lineup of speakers from the leading European research institutions...

March 5, 2018

On February 21 – 23, CIOPORA Secretary General visited India to speak at the two-day International Workshop on India – EU collaboration in Seed Sector Development and PVP (download the agenda).
Dr. Krieger was joined by CIOPORA Board members Bruno Etavard and Maarten Leune, as well as the Vice Head Technical Expert for Fruits, Yael Miara.

From l. to r.: Th...

February 20, 2018

UPOV has released the second version of its PBR Application Tool, formerly known as EAF. The use of the tool will remain free until June 2018.

PRISMA is an online tool for application for Plant Variety Rights, collaboratively developed by UPOV, PVP offices, and plant breeders. The tool currently covers 21 countries and the European Union, while further co...

February 6, 2018

In October 2017, The Department of Agriculture of Thailand (DOA) has released a list of draft amendments to its PVP Act of 1999. The proposed amendments, largely adopted from the 1991 UPOV Convention, which Thailand is not a member of, can be seen as country's effort to attract more foreign investment in the area of plant R&D. The draft amendments foresee...

December 15, 2017

based on information from Hélène Jourdan, Meilland International

UPOV’s electronic PBR Application Tool (EAF) was  launched on the UPOV website in its first Version 1.0 on January 9, 2017, with Version 1.1 following in July 2017. This initial launch and the response by breeders was discussed at UPOV in Geneva on October 27, 2017. While online application n...

December 14, 2017

In July, CIOPORA asked our breeders to voice their opinions about potentially extending CPVR rights of woody plants from 25 to 30 years and which specific genera of plants might benefit from this extension. We are happy to report that, after a letter from CIOPORA – and other breeders and organizations – the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) supported...

December 8, 2017

On December 6, a CIOPORA-US Delegation met with the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) to discuss critical issues for the horticulture industry in the United States and beyond.

USTR Meeting

On December 6, the CIOPORA-US Delegation met with staff members of the office of the USTR in Washington, DC. The USTR i...

December 1, 2017

CIOPORA has approved its official Position on Patents for Plant-Related Inventions via a position paper which was drafted over a period of two years by a special CIOPORA working group consisting of breeders, genetic engineers and Patent attorneys and was approved via a majority vote by the members of CIOPORA.

“Patents in the plant world is a very complex a...

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