Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2019
9th International Conference
- Digital innovation: digital food, digital farming, sequence information
- Patents: Broccoli III, AgBio perspective on CRISPR, updates from Argentina and Brazil
- PVP: EDV from enforcement perspective, grant case-law update, challenging granted PVRs in the EU and abroad
- IP enforcement/counterfeiting: IP protected fresh produce, EU, Brazil and Argentina
- First-hand updates from UPOV, CPVO, EPO and ITPGRFA
Aims and objectivesWe are proud to announce FORUM Institut’s 9th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2019 to be held 28 - 29 November 2019 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
The conference is the biennial venue for professionals from around the world to discuss the most important IP developments in the plant innovation sector. A panel of world-class international experts, key decision makers and leading players will focus on the most topical issues affecting today’s IP protection for plant innovations and answer your questions. The meeting will bring together representatives from all fields of practice and offers you the unique opportunity to meet practitioners.
Mark your calendar to join us 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
- Digital innovation and digital information
- Digital solutions and digital products
- Focus: digital food solutions
11:00 Tea and coffee break/networking
- Information in the Convention of Biodiversity and ITPGRFA
- Traditional Knowledge & scientific information: A false dichotomy
- Informed conservation, use, and expansion
13:00 Business lunch/networking
- The Crispr patent landscape from an AgBio perspective
- A look at litigation and licensing patterns
- Recent developments: newly published patent applications
- Breadth of claims: extension of methods claims to products
15:45 Tea and coffee break/networking
18:00 End of the first conference day
19:30 Conference dinner
- Recent developments at the Community Plant Variety Office
- Recent developments in regard to implementation of EDV legislation
- Update on recent court cases involving EDVs
- Observations on practical application and importance of EDV rules
10:35 Tea and coffee break/networking
- Duties of the Board of Appeal
- Proof to be established to achieve nullity of a granted PVR
- Public Interest and compulsory licences
- Pending cases: what to expect
- Typical scenarios in proceedings before the CPVO
- Leading case law and recent developments regarding Community PVRs
- Comparative analysis of situation in European Union vs. United States, China, Argentina and Brazil:
- Choice of grounds for nullity
- Procedural particularities (e.g. length of the proceedings)
- Success rate
- Magnitude of infringement, contributing factors, challenges for breeders, growers, importers and retailers
- Infringement and enforcement of plant variety rights and trademarks inside the EU
- Responsibilities along the commercial chain
- Enforcement on import of illegal produce
- What is the equivalent of "counterfeiting" in the seed context?
- Illegal propagation of seed: what are the possibilities of a PVR holder?
- Illegal sale of seed: hoodwinking of buyer or collusion between seller and buyer? How can it be uncovered?
15:30 End of conference
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher is currently General Counsel of Brightloom, a restaurant technology company that provides an end-to-end, cloud-based software as a service platform that weaves digital solutions into the entire guest experience. Brightloom’s customized technology suite combines convenience (digital ordering channels), personal connection (personalized marketing) and engagement (loyalty) for restaurant brands in today’s new digital era. Prior to joining Brightloom, 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 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.
David Lahav is an intellectual property manager with 10 years of experience, with a major focus on patents, plant breeders' rights and trademarks as well as vast experience in legal and commercial aspects of intellectual property, and extensive knowledge in IP laws and regulations. Experienced in setting IP strategies and managing large IP portfolio. Since 2008 David has been the Intellectual Property and knowledge manager at KIDUM unit, the technology transfer unit of the Agricultural Research Organization located in Rishon Lezion Israel. David has gained special expertise in the field of plant breeders' rights and the protection of new plant varieties. David is currently studying a biology degree at the Open University. In 2003 he completed his bachelor of business administration at Rupin Academic Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
27 November 2019, 09:30 - 17:30
Michael Kock, dr. kock consulting, Basel (Switzerland)
Michael Muschick, Zürich (Switzerland)
-Nagoya Protocol: general principles and national implementation
-Acquiring genetic resources and ABS compliance
-Implementing ABS policies in companies
-Digital sequence information: challenges for research organizations
-Detailed case studies for access, track & trace and compliance declaration
Aims and objectives
Companies relying on genetic material for their products and institutions researching genetic material need to deal with the Nagoya Protocol, which aims at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way. In practice, challenges arise from managing access, managing track and trace, managing reporting and dealing with audits and non-compliance allegations. Attendees will better understand the access and benefit sharing (ABS) legal regime. This pre-conference workshop shall enable attendees to deal with the ABS challenges and to find pragmatic solutions for their problems. For the agenda, please visit www.forum-institut.com and type webcode 1911178.
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- High-level: You meet world-class experts and key decision makers.
- Multiple views: You experience different views in one place.
- Best practice: You learn the best tips and tricks and share experiences.
- Global: The event attracts delegates from across the globe.
- Networking: You can expect first class opportunities to network with the experts and your co-delegates at coffee breaks and during the delicious lunches.
- Come together: You meet speakers and colleagues at the traditional Conference Dinner and experience a lively exchange of views under the roof of Amsterdam’s Koepelkerk.
The conference ‘IP Protection for Plant Innovation’ will be back in Amsterdam again. The event will be hosted at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, just a short walk from Central Station and situated in the historic city centre.
The Renaissance Amsterdam features the 17th century Koepelkerk, a special venue for our conference.
The Koepelkerk’s past as a church and a conference hall will provide delegates with a unique conference experience in a most refined setting.
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'Generally broadened my understanding and specifically raised some issues in my own company.'
'Professional level of speakers, good organisation.'
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'Professional and targetted. Focused and specialist quality conference.'
'Well spent two days in getting up to speed.'
The most important published and unpublished decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal 2016-2018 in the field of biotechnology will be presented. The panelists will discuss, in particular, the consequences of these decisions on patent practice.
11.10.2019 in Frankfurt
The purpose of this seminar is to inform the participants how to prepare an international application for filing under the PCT and subsequently monitor the consecutive procedural steps, timelimits and payment of fees in the PCT international phase up to and including entry into the national phase in designated and elected states.
22. - 23.10.2019 in Amsterdam