Breeders are facing difficulties when enforcing their Community and national plant variety rights (PVRs). An important reason for this phenomenon is the insufficient knowledge of the applicable legislation amongst breeders, lawyers, prosecutors and judges. For this reason, the Community Plant Variety Office, in close co-operation with the breeders’ organizations decided to organize seminars on the enforcement of plant variety rights in Brussels (2005), Warsaw (2006), Madrid (2007), Romania and Bulgaria (2008), Athens (2010) and Hamburg (2011).

As a follow up, a seminar is now organized in Rome on 30 May 2013 in cooperation with the Ministry of the Economic Development - Italian Patent and Trademarks Office and breeders organizations.  

This seminar aims at sharing information and experience relating to the enforcement of plant variety rights in Italy and possibly other EU Member States.

Who should attend ?

This seminar is designed for all intellectual property practitioners specialized in plant variety protection, in particular:

> Breeders and representatives of the breeders’ organizations
> Seed producers
> Growers and propagators
> Farmers
> Lawyers 
> Judges 
> Officials responsible for legislation on the enforcement of plant variety rights
> Representatives from examinations offices
> Representatives of associations active in agriculture and horticulture
> Persons involved in the trade of plant varieties

Final agenda and presentations
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