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Update on the Nagoya Protocol and its EU implementation

by Philippe de Jong* BRUSSELS, Belgium: The Nagoya Protocol, signed in 2010, aims to ensure that the country of origin of the planet’s genetic resources, gets a fair share of the benefits of that resource when it is researched or developed. This article provides a...
Posted On 17 Nov 2016
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The chaos has arrived

by Thomas Leidereiter HAMBURG, Germany: In the 2014 CIOPORA Chronicle published by FloraCulture International, the author predicted: “… the envisaged revision of the EU trade mark system is highly detrimental to legal certainty and, consequently, to the interests of breeders...
Posted On 17 Nov 2016
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Patent war rages over Europe’s crop diversity

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Political news organisation Politico provides an update on the imminent EU legal opinion on food patents. Especially smaller businesses fear that agrichemical giants such as Monsanto and Syngenta will be able to monopolize varieties of staples like carrots...
Posted On 27 Oct 2016
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CPVO report: a record year for CPVR Applications

ANGERS, France: In the first 8 months of 2016, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers, France received a total of 2,111 applications, which represents an  increase  of  5.2  %  compared  to  the  same period  last  year. A  similar  high  number  o...
Posted On 13 Oct 2016
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Plantipp and Palm partner to jointly market spectacular Camellias

IJSSELSTEIN, The Netherlands: Plantipp B.V., an independent Dutch agency assisting plant breeders worldwide in bringing their new varieties to market, today announced it has signed an agreement with the breeding division of Palm Landscape Architecture Co. Ltd. from China to...
Posted On 13 Oct 2016
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RHS’s Horticultural Sector Working Group Issues Nagoya Protocol Statement on Compliance

LONDON, UK: A Working Group formed by the RHS, representing a range of organisations across the horticulture sector, has developed a joint statement on the Nagoya Protocol and its implementation in the UK. The regulation, the implementation of which was completed in October...
Posted On 11 Aug 2016
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Brexit can only make business more difficult and more expensive

UCKFIELD, UK: Plants For Europe (PFE) , Europe’s leading independent plant breeders’ agent, based in East Sussex, England feels it is important to outline what they foresee as the likely implications of Brexit for plant breeders, both British and from other countries, and...
Posted On 23 Jun 2016
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Avoiding genericide

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands: Although plant materials are often sold in combination with pots, labels and sleeves that bear trademarks, there is always the danger that end consumers may perceive a mark as the common name of (the plant material of) the variety. To prevent a...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016
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CIOPORA opens discussion on international licensing platform for ornamentals

HAMBURG, Germany: CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties, will open discussions on an International Licensing Platform for Ornamentals on 3 December in Venlo/Baarlo, The Netherlands. The need for the...
Posted On 20 Nov 2015
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