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Intellectual Property Protection
for Plant Innovation 2017
2000-11-30 2017-12-01 Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel Kattengat 1 1012 Amsterdam +31 20 62 12 223 +31 20 62 75 245

Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2017

8th International Conference

The 8th edition of this conference offers you once again the most recent developments for the seed industry.
  • Genome editing: the CRISPR-Cas9 technology
  • Global regulatory trends of new plant breeding technologies and the industry perspective
  • The IP dimension of genome editing: US and Europe
  • Essentially biological processes and the products obtained therefrom - the European Commission perspective
  • Developments at the EPO with regard to the protection of innovation in the plant sector
  • Update from Argentina: patent examination guideline, seed law
  • Update from India: cotton seed price, compulsory license, invalidation request
  • Recent developments in Russia and Ukraine
  • Update from the UPOV
  • CPVO update: recent developments and material case-law on plant variety protection
  • The issue of new features for DUS testing
  • Getting your rights: damage claims under PVP
  • Implementing the Nagoya Protocol: the EU ABS Regulation - the sector guidelines, quo vadis?
  • ITPGRFA Update
  • The interface between IP laws and biodiversity laws - the WIPO perspective

Aims and objectives

We are proud to announce FORUM Institute's 8th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2017 to be held from 30 November to 1 December 2017 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 end of November 2017 for the 8th Conference on Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation in Amsterdam!
Who should attend?
  • Head Counsel or Manager of Patent Department
  • Head Counsel or Manager of Legal Department
  • Head Counsel or Manager of IP Department
  • Patent Attorney or Attorney-at-Law
  • Intellectual Property Consultant
  • Company Legal Advisor
  • R&D, Innovation and Product Development Manager
Dr. Michael Kock
European Patent Attorney, dr. kock consulting

Jean-Christophe Gouache
Corporate Vice President - International Affairs - Limagrain France/President of the ISF (International Seed Federation)

Your speakers
Dr. Shakeel Bhatti
Counsellor, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva (Switzerland)

Javad Mozafari
Vice-Chairperson of the Governing Body, International Treaty on Planet Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Rome (Italy)

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

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

Heli Pihlajamaa
Heli Pihlajamaa, Director Patent Law, European Patent Office, Munich, Germany

Jean-Luc Gal
Policy Officer, Unit F5 - Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, Brussels (Belgium)

Thomas Greiber, LL.M.
Head of Division, "Competent National Authority for the Nagoya Protocol", German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Bonn (Germany)

Dr. Bernice Slutsky
Senior Vice President, Domestic and International Policy, American Seed Trade Association/Chair of Plant Breeding Innovation Working Group, International Seed Federation

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

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

Dr. Kan Wang
Director of the Center for Plant Transformation/Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (USA)

Jacob S. Sherkow
Associate Professor, Innovation Center for Law and Technology, New York Law School, New York (USA)

Edwin Hecker
Chairman, New Breeding Techniques Platform, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Malathi Lakshmikumaran
Ph.D., FNASc, Director & Head Life Science Group at the IP Division, New Delhi (India)

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

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

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

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

Dr. Nicolai von Füner
Patent Attorney and Partner of von Füner Ebbinghaus Finck Hano, Munich (Germany)

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