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The CIOPORA Academy First Learners Webinar Series

The webinar series will be continued in October with three sessions and six lectures of different topics. Visit our website, and register for this webinar series or get the first part in a recording package.


After the European summer break, the First Learner Webinar Series will return with the second half of the program, featuring three sessions and six lectures on the pillars of any plant breeding Intellectual Property strategy.


Topics such as "Who is the owner of a new plant innovation?", "What is an EDV?", and "How far does the Scope of Protection Reach?" will be addressed in the second part of this program. The First Learner Webinar Series was created to provide a space for beginners, legal advisors, and R&D departments to understand and rethink their Intellectual Property Rights strategy of plant breeding.



So far, 32 participants have registered for individual days or the entire series. Nick Coumbe, Intellectual Property Coordinator at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, is part of this group and highly recommends the First Learners Webinar Series to anyone involved with plant variety right protection applications and strategy. He said, "The delivery of the sessions allows for a great overview of the subject matter in a concise format."


Register for the second part of the Series or buy the first session

The registration process for the second part of the program is already open, and it includes the following topics:

  • Ownership of a new Plant Innovation under the EU Law by Philippe de Jong, Altius

  • Novelty (Period of Grace) in the PBR and Patent Law by Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff Coöperatief

  • The Basics of the Scope of Protection in PBR by Emanuela Truffo, Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati

  • The Exceptions and Limitations of PBR, Ernst-Jan Louwers, Louwers Advocaten

  • The Basics of Essentially Derived Varieties, Isabel Pérez- Carbrero, J&A Garrigues

  • The Basics of Enforcement of IP Rights, Nicola Novaro, Law Firm Novaro – Italy

If you were unable to attend the first part of the program, we have the Recorded Package available for €499, which includes the following topics:


  • The Basic Principles of Plant Breeders' Rights by Carolina Cordero di Vonzo, BakerMcKenzie

  • The Basic Principles of Trademarks by Yesim Metin, Nazali Tax & Legal

  • The Basic Principles of Patents; Different Types of Plant Variety Protection in the U.S., by Travis Bliss, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel

  • The Basic Principles of Applying PBR, by Judith de Roos, AOMB Intellectual Property

  • Trouble Shooting in the PBR Application Process and Legal Means by Thomas Leidereiter, Green Rights

Noted that you will receive a discount if you purchase the recorded package and register for the second part of the program. The complete program considers 12 lectures of 45 minutes each, highly experienced lawyers who are CIOPORA members will explain the principles of specific aspects of plant variety protection to the participants. The course takes place online and is open to both members and guests, allowing as many people as possible to participate.

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