Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2019
9th International Conference
- Digital innovation: digital farming, sequence information and dematerialization of inventions
- Patents: Broccoli III, Genome editing, developments from Argentina and Brazil
- PVP: EDV from enforcement perspective, grant case-law update
- IP enforcement/counterfeiting: EU, China, Ukraine/ Russia, Brazil/Argentina
- First-hand updates from UPOV, CPVO, EPO and ITPGRFA
Aims and objectivesWe are proud to announce FORUM Institute's 9th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2019 to be held from 28 November to 29 November 2019 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. The 9th instalment of this conference offers you once again the most recent developments at UPOV, CPVO, EPO, and ITPGRFA at first-hand. You will join the discussion on the most debated IP topics in the field of plant innovation of the last two years. A great opportunity to network and to meet key players from the institutions and the seed industry!
Mark your calendar to join us end of November 2019 for the 9th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation in Amsterdam!
- CEOs, General Managers and Managing Directors
- Heads of IP/Patent, IP/Patent Managers, Counsels and Specialists
- Heads of Legal and Legal Counsels
- R&D/Breeding Heads, Managers and Consultants
- Business Development Directors and Managers
- IP/Patent Attorneys/Consultants and Lawyers in private practice
- Representatives of plant variety, IP, patent and trademark offices
- Representatives of plant breeders’ associations
1st day: 09:00 - 18:00
2nd day: 09:00 - 15:30
Michael is founder of his own IP and strategy consulting firm. From 2007 to October 2017 Michael was Head Intellectual Property for Syngenta Crop Protection AG based in Basel, Switzerland. He studied chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology in Hamburg, Germany, and Nanjing, China, and graduated with a Diploma in chemistry and has a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Michael Kock is also a qualified Swiss and European Patent Attorney.
Dominic Muyldermans is an independent lawyer since August 2011 with a focus on regulatory issues and issues of intellectual property in the area of green biotechnology. In his capacity as independent lawyer he is working as Senior Legal Consultant IGO Affairs for CropLife International since then. He is responsible for following up on access and benefit sharing and intellectual property related to plant biotech.
Martín Bensadon joined Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in 1991 and has been a partner of the firm since 1998. He specializes in industrial property and more particularly in patent law. Martin has advised several national and foreign firms in the ag-biotech sector where he obtained the first preliminary injunction granted in Argentina. Nowadays, he is deeply involved in advising clients on prosecution and enforcement issues related to the recently enacted Argentine biotech directive. He graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1991 and obtained a Master in Laws at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. In the same year he also worked as a foreign associate in the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He has participated in seminars on industrial property and has written two books on Argentine Patent Law as well as various articles on subjects related to his area of specialty in national and international publications. He has been a postgraduate Professor on Patents at the Universidad Católica Argentina, the Universidad de Palermo, the Universidad Austral and the Universidad de San Andrés. He was a Guest Researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law and at The George Washington University Law School. At present he is a member of the Asociación Argentina de Agentes de la Propiedad Industrial; the Asociación Interamericana para la Protección de la Propiedad Industrial; the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI), where he currently holds the position of the president of the Argentine group; the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI); American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Gert Würtenberger is a specialist in the fields of trademark registration and infringement litigation, patent infringement litigation, plant variety protection, negotiating licenses in relation to all kinds of IPR and EU Law, as well as antitrust law problems related to these fields. He is the author of the leading German commentary on national and European plant variety protection and is the initiator and co-author of the book European Community Plant Variety Protection. Dr. Würtenberger currently serves as the Chairman of the Süddeutsche Schiedsgericht für Saatgut - und Sortenschutzstreitigkeiten [Southern German Arbitration Court for Seed and Plant Variety Protection] and as Chairman of the GRUR-Fachausschusses für den Schutz von Pflanzenzüchtungen [German Association for IP, Special Committee for the Protection of Plant Varieties]. In September 2014 Gert Würtenberger was elected President GRUR, the German Association for the Protection of IP Law & Practice, Berlin (Germany).
Dr. Klaus von Gierke is a partner and head of the Hamburg office of Norton Rose Fulbright. He has a particular industry focus on the area of life sciences, including the foodstuff, seed, biotechnology, agricultural and soft commodities sector. Apart from his broad experience in IP litigation (in particular in the area of plant variety and seed law) before the German courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union, his area of experience covers a broad variety of corporate law aspects, including cross-border M&A and restructurings. He advises numerous foreign, in particular US, UK and Scandinavian seed, agricultural and food companies in relation to investments, co-operations and de-investments in Germany. Klaus is co-author of the most recent and comprehensive German commentary on national and European plant variety law which has been published in 2016. He studied in Freiburg, Geneva and New Orleans. He was called to the Hamburg Bar in 1984 and to the New York Bar in 1982. Klaus is also a German qualified certified specialist for corporate and commercial law.
Mr Kent Nnadozie is the Secretary of the International Treaty. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he was the Senior Officer of the International Treaty, overseeing various technical areas of the Programme of Work of the Secretariat. Over the last decade, Mr Nnadozie has worked on legal and policy matters and intergovernmental processes, with both the International Treaty and FAO’s Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Before joining FAO, Mr Nnadozie was in private legal practice and academic research He has extensive practical experience in related international processes and legal instruments. A lawyer by training, Mr Nnadozie holds a Doctorate in Law (PhD) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a focus on international relations and international legal systemic issues regarding genetic resources. Mr Nnadozie also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s in Law.
Christopher is currently General Counsel of eatsa, a restaurant automation technology provider start-up and fast casual restaurant chain. Prior to joining eatsa, he was Associate General Counsel of the Climate Corporation and was responsible, inter alia, for launching the Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform. Christopher started his career in private practice where he specialized in IP for technology companies and was responsible for IP counseling and litigation. He has a J.D. in High Tech Law from Santa Clara University School of Law and and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Antonio Villarroel is the Secretary General of ANOVE ('Spanish National Association of Plant Breeders') and since 1996 is the General Manager and Lawyer of 'GESLIVE, A.I.E.', organization formed by the main breeders operating in Spain. GESLIVE deals with the enforcement and management of plant breeders’ rights and other intellectual property rights on plant materials (licenses, royalty collection, legal proceedings). He is currently Chair of the Illegal Seed Practices Working Group of ISF. Previous professional experiences include being a Consultant in AGRAR Consulting, and a lawyer in Estudio Juridíco Serrano and Sacristan Dea & Associates. Mr. Villarroel has a Law Degree from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He has published several articles and given lectures on plant breeders’ rights.
Szonja is Hungarian and holds a degree in law from ELTE Budapest University, an MA in French and European Law from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris) and an LL.M. in IP and Competition Law from the University of Liège (Belgium). Before joining ESA she worked at the Budapest office of the law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and at the European Commission. In 2009 she became ESA’s Manager Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs. Within ESA she is primarily responsible for issues related to intellectual property protection and plant genetic resources and also handles all seed legislation related legal questions. She represents ESA towards relevant international organizations, European Institutions as well as the Community Plant Variety Office.
Mr. Peter Button was appointed Vice Secretary-General of UPOV on December 1, 2010, having previously held the role of Technical Director at UPOV since 2000. Mr. Button, a national of the United Kingdom, holds a B.Sc. Honors degree in Biological Sciences. From 1981 to 1987 he worked for Twyford Seeds Ltd., a plant breeding company in the United Kingdom, on the development of new cereal varieties. Between 1987and 1994 he was the General Manager of Twygen Ltd., a company which developed micropropagation systems for the commercial production of seed potatoes and soft fruit stocks and continued as General Manager, following the change of ownership, of GenTech Propagation Ltd. in1994. In 1996, Mr. Button joined the British Society of Plant Breeders as Technical Liaison Manager, where his responsibilities included the operation of officially licensed variety trials. In 1998, he became Technical Liaison Officer for the United Kingdom Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Plant Variety and Seeds Division), where he was responsible for the operation of the tests and trials associated with the United Kingdom Plant Breeders’ Rights and National List schemes and Seed Certification in England and Wales and was the United Kingdom representative in the UPOV Technical Committee.
A partner of Dannemann Siemens Advogados, Gustav is an attorney at law licensed in Brazil and has a degree in Electronic Engineering. His practice areas include amongst other litigation, patents and plant varieties. He is also IP law professor at the São Paulo Law School.
Tjeerd Overdijk studied law at the Leiden University and has been a lawyer since 1984. Since December 2007 he has been a partner of the Dutch law firm Vondst Advocaten. Tjeerd is an all-rounder in the field of Intellectual Property, with a special interest in plant variety rights. He was involved in the first court case in the world on the concept of essentially derived varieties (EDVs) and he has experience with litigation before the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office in Angers, France.
Martin Ekvad is President of the Community Plant Variety Office since 2011. Prior to his appointment, he has been CPVO‘s Head of Legal Affairs. Before taking up his post at the CPVO, Martin has worked as a lawyer in the law frm Linklaters in Brussels and the law frm Magnusson Wahlin Advokatbyrå in Stockholm. While working as a lawyer he specialized in intellectual property law, competition law and EU law and provided clients with legal advice as well as litigating.
Heli Pihlajamaa, Director Patent Law, EPO Munich, studied Law at Helsinki University and at Max Planck Institute in Munich. Heli acts as legal member in opposition cases and advises EPO higher management on policy issues and legal amendments. She is responsible for supporting the EPO policy by developing, strengthening and promoting the EPC, including proposals for legal changes, compliance of operations with patent law-related norms and case law. Before joining the EPO she worked in both the private and public sectors. She has written books and articles on patent law in Finnish and is fluent in English, German, Swedish, Finnish and French.
Paul has been a Senior Intellectual Property Expert - PVP and Germplasm at KWS since 2015, with global responsibilities for Nagoya Protocol compliance processes, strategies for maintaining access to germplasm and crop-specific variety protection approaches in key regions. He previously held various posts at DuPont Pioneer and is the Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Agriculture Committee of ISF and a member of the European Seed Association's biodiversity working group. He holds a PhD in Biology - Population Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis, USA.
Richard is an experienced UK and European Patent Attorney, with a background in plant sciences having done a PhD in plant protein purification and then a period of post-doctoral research at East Malling. His professional activity is in all aspects of European Patent work from original drafting and filing, prosecution, Opposition and Appeals to the Technical and Enlarged Boards of Appeal of the EPO; also opinions, due diligence and litigation. In the biotech boom years of the late 90s/early 00s Richard was part of the niche life sciences practice dealing with many of the core technologies that shape the biosciences industry today, including recombinant protein expression systems, transgenic animals, gene chips, gene sequencing methods and equipment and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based diagnostics. Nowadays, Richard still has a wide ranging biotech practice acting for all kinds of clients all over the world, from large corporates to start-ups, to Universities and Research Institutes. He is more recently assigned on projects in technologies such as plant treatments for drought tolerance; genetically engineered plants, human and crop genetic testing, biomarkers, oncology diagnostics, artificial meat, algae, biofuel production, sewage treatments and insect repellents. A significant part of Richard’s activities are in relation to Crispr gene editing technology, which he has been involved with since about 2011.
Dr. Wichmann is a German and European patent attorney with more than 20 years expertise in the field of IP law. He is a partner at Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff in Munich and is president of the committee for biotechnology at the German chamber of patent attorneys. He has intensively dealt with the topics of this seminar, together with further aspects of European patent law, in numerous presentations and publications.
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