Dr. Michael Kock
Senior Vice President, Innovation Catalyst, Inari Agriculture, Cambridge, MA (USA)/Basel (Switzerland)
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.
Philippe de Jong
LL.M., Partner, Lawyer, Altius, Brussels (Belgium)
Philippe specialises in intellectual property law, with a particular focus on patents, plant variety rights and parallel import issues. Philippe also has extensive experience in regulatory matters concerning the life sciences and agri-food industries. Other areas of practice include medical law, media law and fair trade practices in a variety of sectors. Philippe regularly lectures at conferences and seminars. He has also published articles in various leading legal journals relating to his area of expertise. Philippe worked as a consultant for the EU Plant Variety Office and is also an active member of the European Seed Association (ESA); the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW); the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproducing Fruit and Ornamental Varieties (CIOPORA).
Secretary General , International Seed Federation, Nyon (Switzerland)
Michael Keller is Secretary General of the International Seed Federation since 2014. Prior to taking up the position, he was with DuPont where he has acquired extensive experience in crop protection, food and feed issues and renewable resources. Michael started his career working for the French Senate and then had a leading role in the Mayors Association. He represented constituents' interests at the European level and regularly interacted with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank. Michael holds a bachelor degree in law from the University of Mannheim, a Post-graduate diploma in political science, a master in European law and has done a cycle of post-graduate European studies.
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Yolanda Huerta Casado
Vice Secretary-General, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), Geneva (Switzerland)
Ms. Yolanda Huerta Casado, a national of Spain, is Vice Secretary-General of UPOV since 23 October 2023. Since 2001, she has worked at UPOV, where she became Legal Counsel and Director of Training and Assistance in 2017. Ms. Huerta holds a Licencia en Derecho (LL.B.) from the University of Barcelona, and holds a LL.M., International Law, from the University of Montreal. Ms. Huerta has experience as an intellectual property lawyer and has worked as a Legal Officer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Secretary, International Treaty on Planet Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Rome (Italy)
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.
President, Community Plant Variety Office, Angers (France)
Mr Francesco MATTINA is President of the Community Plant Variety Office (Angers - France). He graduated in Law and obtained a Master degree in European Union Law and Intellectual Property Law from the European College of Parma and the Magister Lucentinus of the University of Alicante. After his degrees, he worked during several years as a specialized lawyer dealing with infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. He also served as lecturer of Intellectual Property Law in several Italian Universities. Nowadays, his field of practise focuses on plant variety rights.
Jean-Luc Gal (tbc)
Senior Legal Officer, Directorate Patent Law & Procedures, European Patent Office, Munich (Germany)
Jean-Luc is a Senior Legal Officer at the Directorate for Patent Law and Procedures at the EPO. He, inter alia, contributes to clarify the practice of the EPO in plant related inventions, in particular to cooperate with external stakeholders (EU Institutions, NGOs) principally based in Brussels. Prior to that, he was seconded to the European Commission - DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) - by the European Patent Office from 2013 till 2019 where he was in charge of some patent issues as patentability of biotechnological inventions. Previously, Jean-Luc had been acting as the Head of the Liaison Office of the European Patent Office (EPO Brussels Bureau). Over the period 2000-2004, Jean-Luc was a national expert seconded by the French National Office of Industrial Property (INPI) to the European Community (DG Internal Market/Industrial Property Unit) and to the French Permanent Representation in Brussels. He was in charge of the follow-up to Directive 98/44 'legal protection of the biotechnological inventions'(implementation of the Directive by the Member States and preparation report provided for in the directive) and of international negotiations in patent law. Prior to 2000, Mr. Gal was INPI's administrator for multilateral affairs in the Community and International Law Department. He also practised as an attorney at law specialized in business law in the mid 1990s. Mr. Gal holds the attorney's diploma of the Paris bar. He is also qualified with a special degree in European law (Brussels) and a master in IP law (Paris). Jean-Luc has written several articles on various issues such as legal protection of biotechnological inventions within the European Union.
Anna Borras Herrero
Policy Officer, Unit Biotechnology, DG SANTE, European Commission, Brussels (Belgium)
Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs Manager, International Seed Federation, Nyon (Switzerland)
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 L.LM. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the University of Liège in Belgium. Before joining ISF, Szonja worked for nearly 15 years in Euroseeds first as the Legal and Policy Officer and then as the Director of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs. Prior to that she worked at the Budapest office of the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and at the European Commission.
Dr. Petra Jorasch (tbc)
Manager Plant Breeding & Innovation Advocacy, Euroseeds; Member of Plant Breeding Innovation Working Group, International Seed Federation (ISF)
Dr. Petra Jorasch holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Hamburg. She worked for the plant breeding association in Germany (BDP) in different positions dealing with IP, technology transfer as well as with regulatory issues concerning modern plant breeding methods. Petra joined Euroseeds in February 2017 as the spokesperson of the EU plant breeding sector on modern plant breeding methods and innovative technologies. Petra is also member of the ISF Working Group Plant Breeding Innovation.
Dr. Steffen Kawelke
Manager for Plant Innovation, IP and Contracting, German Federation for Plant Innovation (GFPi e. V.), Bonn (Germany)
Steffen has been with the German Federation for Plant Innovation for over eight years, focusing on plant innovation, IP, and contract management. Concurrently, he has been involved in research and result utilization. Steffen completed his doctorate in plant biochemistry at the University of Göttingen.
Managing Director, Agricultural Crop Licensing Platform, Brussels (Belgium)
Hélène Guillot is the Managing Director of the Agricultural Crop Licensing Platform. Previously, she worked from 2016 on as International Agricultural Manager for ISF, responsible for intellectual property policies and regulations around the access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. She studied agricultural law in Paris, La Sorbonne, and worked as a lawyer at the French Seed Union for three years.
Claudia Hallebach, LL.M.
Global Head of Legal and Intellectual Property, KWS SAAT, Einbeck (Germany)
Claudia Hallebach is Head of Global Legal and Intellectual Property at the KWS Group. Besides her overall responsibilities for KWS Legal and IP strategy, commercial and RD transactions as well as corporate matters, she represents KWS in several industry associations such as ISF; Euroseeds and BDP for IP and Legal policy matters. Claudia is a lawyer by training and successfully completed a postgraduate LLM in European and International Laws at the University of London. She started her professional career at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture followed by a position as Managing Director of the Working Group Agriculture in the Leading German Business Association (BDI).
European Patent Attorney, Heineken International, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Sander is Heineken's in-house patent attorney, based in Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in bio-inorganic chemistry (Wageningen, NL and the Synchrotron Radiation in Daresbury, UK) and is a qualified European and Dutch patent attorney. Previously Sander worked at DSM (now DSM-Firmenich), first as a research scientist, then R&D manager, and finally as patent attorney.
European Patent Attorney, Patent Counsel, Tropic Biosciences, Norwich (UK)
Hazel is the Patent Counsel for Tropic Biosciences. Prior to joining Tropic Biosciences, she worked as European Patent Attorney in in private practice.
Director, Office of Technology Partnerships, University of California, Riverside (CA), USA
Brian Suh is the Director of Technology Commercialization at University of California, Riverside (UCR), Office of Technology Partnerships. He oversees and manages all aspects of Technology Commercialization (TC) and its staff, which includes: the development, protection, marketing, and commercialization of UCR’s campus research and intellectual property (IP); outreach to the UCR campus community on IP and technology commercialization; and corporate engagement and outreach to the external community on UCR’s research capabilities, technologies available for licensing and commercialization and to promote economic development. TC activities include the management of resultant plant IP from UCR’s breeding programs (citrus, avocado, turfgrass, cowpea, asparagus), including the commercialization of the ‘Tango’ mandarin and Luna UCR (tm) avocado, which was recently named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2023 in the Food & Drink category. Brian joined UCR in November 2015 after 13 years at a U.S. Navy laboratory, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, California, where he last served as the Director of the Technology Transfer Office. He is a former Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Far West Regional Coordinator and recipient of 2013 FLC National Laboratory Representative of the Year award. Brian holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and received his MBA from the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego. He also holds the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certification and Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) credential.
Dr. Gert Würtenberger
Attorney-at-Law, of Counsel, Meissner Bolte, Munich (Germany)
Gert Würtenberger is a specialist in the fields of trademark registration and infringement litigation, plant variety protection (prosecution and litigation), negotiating licenses in relation to all kinds of IPR and EU Law, as well antitrust law issues related to these fields. He is author of the leading German commentary on national and European plant variety protection and is the initiator and co-author of the book European Union Plant Variety Protection. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Süddeutsche Schiedsgericht für Saatgut- und Sortenschutzstreitigkeit [Southern German Arbitration Court for Seed and Plant Variety Protection], as President of GRUR [German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property] and as Chairman of the GRUR-Fachausschusses für den Schutz von Pflanzenzüchtungen [GRUR Special Committee for the Protection of Plants Varieties].
Daniel J. Knauss
Attorney, Cooley LLP, Washington, D.C. (USA)
Dan has a PhD in microbiology and cancer biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a JD, with distinction, from Stanford Law School. Before attending law school, Dan was director of intellectual property at Third Wave Technologies, where he managed a large international patent portfolio and licensing and litigation matters. Dan’s practice focuses on life sciences intellectual property litigation. He counsels clients regarding disputes in a wide variety of technology areas, including agricultural technology. He publishes regularly on plant-related patents.
Michael R. Ward
IP Lawyer, Partner, Morrison Foerster, Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA (US)
Recognized as 'one of the world’s foremost plant and agriculture IP lawyers,' Dr. Ward manages a wide range of IP. As founder and head of the Plant IP Group, Dr. Ward leads a team with a unique combination of legal expertise regarding patent, licensing, trademark, and litigation related to plants. The group has extensive experience in preparing and obtaining plant and utility patents for plants, PVP Certificates, and PBR. The Plant IP Group also advises and counsels clients regarding trademarks and plant variety names, drafts and negotiates licensing agreements related to plant IP, counsels clients regarding litigating plant IP cases in state court, federal court, and the ITC, and guides clients through the regulatory approval processes of the USDA, FDA and the EPA for gene edited and genetically engineered plants. Dr. Ward has managed numerous IP diligences for venture capitalists seeking to invest in early and mid-stage companies, underwriters involved in IPOs, and companies seeking to acquire or merge with other companies. Dr. Ward’s IP diligence work includes assessment of the strength and weakness of patent portfolios, evaluation of freedom to operate issues, and strategic recommendations for maximizing value of patent portfolios going forward. In the plant IP arena, Dr. Ward was recognized as one of the Top 50 IP Trailblazers & Pioneers by the National Law Journal in 2014 and as an Innovator by The Recorder in its inaugural Innovators awards. Dr. Ward holds a Ph.D. in plant physiology (biochemistry) and an M.S. in agronomy from the University of California, Davis, a B.S. in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He was a post-doctoral fellow in plant molecular biology at the Harvard Medical School and the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he worked on the Arabidopsis genome project.
Gustavo de Freitas Morais
Attorney, Dannemann Siemsen Advogados, São Paulo (Brazil)
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.
At van Rooy
Chair of the Board, Director, Patent Attorney, KISCH IP, Johannesburg (South Africa)
At van Rooy is Chair of the Board and a Director in the firm’s Patent Department. He was admitted as an attorney to the High Court of South Africa in 1995 and registered as a patent attorney in 1998. At has more than 30 years’ experience in specialist intellectual property law litigation and has successfully represented a wide range of international clients in patent and copyright litigation up to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He has extensive experience, i.a. in patent, plant breeders’ rights and GMO litigation, patent filing and prosecution in a broad variety of jurisdictions and fields of technology. His technical expertise includes i.a. plant breeders' rights and genetically modified organisms. He has a BSc Chemistry and Biochemistry from North-West University and B Proc from UNISA.
Attorney-at-law (NY), Solicitor ( England & Wales), Barrister & Solicitor (Victoria, Australia), Head of IP Strategy - Greater China, Gowling WLG, Shanghai (China)
Elliot has been advising Global companies on IP strategies for almost 26 years, the last 16 of these from Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, where he currently lives and works. He specialises in China patent and trade secret litigation. He represents Europe's leading companies in enforcing their patents and utility models and over the last 7 years or so has developed a reputation for defending them against patent infringement lawsuits brought by Chinese competitors.
Dr. Kerstin Wolff
German and European Patent Attorney, Representative before the UPC, Senior Associate, Maiwald, Munich (Germany)
Kerstin has been with Maiwald since 2015, from 2019 on as a European Patent Attorney. Her practice areas are pharma and biotech, including Crispr/Cas technologies, where she focuses on patent prosecution and portfolio management, filing strategies, drafting patent applications, and opposition proceedings. Kerstin studied molecular biology and microbiology with a focus on antibiotic resistance and redox regulation in mycobacteria and obtained a Ph.D. in molecular biology and microbiology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As a post-doctoral scholar, she worked first on redox homeostasis and redox-stress response in mycobacteria and later - as associate scientist/postdoctoral fellow at Merck Research Laboratories - on the development of antibiotics against Staphylococcus, in particular on biofilms and wall teichoic acids.
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The conference offers you once again the most recent developments in IP for the seed industry and the breeders.
We are proud to announce FORUM Institut's 11th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2024 to be held 13 and 14 June 2024 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 aff ecting today's IP protection for plant innovations and answer your questions. The meeting will bring together representatives from all fi elds of practice and off ers you the unique opportunity to meet practitioners.
Mark your calendar to join us for the 11th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation in Amsterdam!
09:00 - 09:10
Jean-Claude Alexandre Ho, Michael Kock, Philippe de Jong
09:10 - 09:30
Michael Keller/Szonja Csörgö (ISF)
09:30 - 10:10
Michael Kock (Inari Agriculture)
10:10 - 10:55
Jean-Luc Gal (EPO, tbc)
11:10 - 11:40
Francesca Garbato, tbc/Marian Suelmann, tbc (Euroseeds)
11:40 - 12:10
Steffen Kawelke (German Federation for Plant Innovation (GFPi e. V.))
12:10 - 12:40
Claudia Hallebach (KWS)
12:20 - 13:00 Round Table Discussion, Q&A
13:00 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:25
Yolanda Huerta (UPOV)
14:25 - 15:05
Francesco Mattina (CPVO)
15:20 - 17:20
Hazel Stewart (Tropic Biosciences), Gert Würtenberger
17:20 - 17:50 PVP FORUM
17:50 - 18:30
Kent Nnadozie (ITPGRFA)
18:30 - 18:45
18:45 End of the first conference day
Sander Arendsen (Heineken International)
08:30 - 08:40
Philippe de Jong (Altius)
08:40 - 09:15
Elliot Papageorgiou (Gowling)
09:15 - 09:50
Gustavo de Freitas Morais (Dannemann Siemsen)
09:50 - 10:25
At van Rooy (Kisch IP)
10:25 - 10:40
10:55 - 11:35
Dan Knauss (Cooley)
12:05 - 12:50
12:50 - 13:25
Kerstin Wolff (Maiwald)
13:25 - 14:00
Anna Borras Herero (European Commission)
14:00 - 14:35
Petra Jorasch (Euroseeds, tbc)
14:35 - 15:10
Philippe de Jong (Altius)
15:10 - 15:25 Coffee break
15:25 - 15:55
Hélène Guillot (Agricultural Crop Licensing Platform)
15:55 - 16:15 NBT FORUM, Q&A
16:15 End of the conference
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