CIOPORA Requests UPOV Member States to Implement Support Measures for Breeders Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Hamburg, April 6 – On March 27, in an urgent letter to UPOV, CIOPORA has requested that UPOV member states and their competent Plant Variety Protection (PVP) authorities consider implementing measures to assist horticultural breeders across the globe amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The measures suggested by CIOPORA include an extension of deadlines related to the PBR application proceedings, including the grace periods and the deadlines for the submission of plant material and documentation. Pinpointing that horticultural breeders are heavily hit by the ongoing crisis both due to diminishing demand for propagating material and the general labor restrictions, CIOPORA has also asked the authorities to consider additional financial relief measures such as reduction of DUS examination and other fees or allowing for multiple instalments of fees due to secure cash flow.
In a positive reply from March 30, acknowledging the importance of the plant sector for livelihood of millions across the world, UPOV’s Vice Secretary-General Peter Button confirmed that CIOPORA’s letter was forwarded to the UPOV member states. He wrote: “We have invited UPOV members to inform CIOPORA of any measures that have been taken, or are planned, to assist breeders in the current situation.” CIOPORA Secretary General Dr Edgar Krieger commented: “We very much appreciate the support of UPOV and its members in this critical situation for the green sector. So far, we have received positive replies from CPVO, Chinese MARA, USPTO and USDA and we are confident more offices will follow.”
CIOPORA is closely monitoring and collecting information as to PVP-related relief measures implemented by PVP offices. Additionally, utilizing its global lawyer network, the association has launched a COVID-19 resources page comprising in-depth information on aid and regulatory relief for businesses in many countries. Information is published and will be continually updated in the coming days and weeks at CIOPORA.org.
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CIOPORA is the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Varieties. Breeders of such varieties account for two-thirds of all Plant Variety Rights (PVR) titles in the world. For more than 50 years, CIOPORA has represented these breeders in all matters of Intellectual Property (IP) protection and aims to foster an environment in which the innovation of these breeders can flourish. CIOPORA is a member-based, non-profit organization.
The CIOPORA Academy is a specialized international education program on IP for plants tailored to the needs of the green sector. The formats include small-group workshops and live webinars. Our learner community consists of plant breeders and other participants of the green value chain, as well as IP lawyers and patent attorneys. The CIOPORA Academy on-site events are held several times a year at different locations around the world. Each event tackles topics surrounding IP for plant innovations and is led by world’s leading IP experts. With 10 workshops and over 150 unique learners from 20 countries so far, the CIOPORA Academy aspires to be a global reference program on IP for the green business. www.ciopora-academy.org