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Conference - IP Protection for Plant Innovation
Intellectual Property Protection
for Plant Innovation 2019
2018-12-28 2019-11-29 Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel Kattengat 1 1012 Amsterdam +31 20 62 12 223 +31 20 62 75 245

Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2019

9th International Conference

The 9th edition of this conference offers you once again the most recent developments in IP for the seed industry and the breeders.
  • 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 objectives

We 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!
Who should attend
  • 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
Dr. Michael Kock
European Patent Attorney, dr. kock consulting, Basel (Switzerland)

Michael Keller
International Seed Federation, Nyon (Switzerland)

Your speakers
Martín Bensadon
Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Peter Button
Vice Secretary-General, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), Geneva (Switzerland)

Szonja Csörgõ
Director Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, European Seed Association (ESA), Brussels (Belgium)

Martin Ekvad
President, Community Plant Variety Office, Angers (France)

Gustavo de Freitas Morais
Attorney, Dannemann Siemsen Advogados, São Paulo (Brazil)

Dr. Klaus von Gierke
Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Hamburg (Germany)

Christopher Grewe
General Counsel, Brightloom Former Associate General Counsel, The Climate Corporation, Seattle | San Francisco (USA)

David Lahav
IP Manager, Agricultural Research Organization - Volcani Center, Rishon Lezion (Israel)

Dominic Muyldermans
Senior Legal Consultant, CropLife International, Brussels (Belgium)

Kent Nnadozie
Secretary, International Treaty on Planet Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Rome (Italy)

Paul D. Olson
Senior IP Expert Plant Variety Protection (PVP) and Germplasm, KWS SAAT SE, Einbeck (Germany)

Tjeerd Overdijk
Attorney, Vondst Advokaten, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Antonio Villarroel
ANOVE - Asociación Nacional de Obtentores, Madrid (Spain)

Dr. Hendrik Wichmann
European Patent Attorney, Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff, Munich (Germany)

Dr. Richard Williams
European Patent Attorney, Partner, HGF, London (UK)

Dr. Marko Schauwecker
Lawyer Patent Law, European Patent Office, Munich (Germany)

Dr. Gert Würtenberger
Attorney-at-Law, WürtenbergerKunze, Munich (Germany)

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