The aim of this webinar, organised in partnership with the European IP Helpdesk, is to understand what new breeding techniques are and to give some examples of their possible applications as well as the benefits that they can bring to agriculture, human health and the environment.

The frenetic changes of the market and the environment constantly urge plant breeding to provide growers and the rest of society with suitable solutions to an increasing number of issues, especially within the Agri-food Sector. For that purpose, science is offering its support to the breeding sector through new genomic techniques (NGTs), one of which, called CRISPR Cas/9, was even awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2020. The application of such a new toolbox can result into the production of plants featuring innovative and useful traits in a significantly short time. Nevertheless, the process for their development represents a considerable investment in terms of both time and economic resource. This is why the effort of innovators shall be encouraged by means of an adequate IP protection.

In this webinar, you will learn about the latest genome editing techniques and their potentialities for plant breeding; the Biosafety Directive and what the European Court of Justice established on mutagenesis; the patentability of essentially biological processes and the products thereof; the relationship between essentially derived varieties and NGTs; the concerns on the effectiveness of the breeder’s exemption; and, finally yet importantly, the outcome of the report recently issued by the EU Commission on the state of art of NGTs, requested by the Council of the EU to shape a proper policy for the years to come.

  • Time: 8 June 2021 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (CEST – Central European Summer Time UTC +1) - the webinar session will open 15 minutes before the official start
  • Host: European IP Heldpesk & CPVO
  • Speakers: Orsola Lamberti – Legal Advisor at CPVO and Cécile Collonnier - Expert Biomolecular Techniques at CPVO
  • Level of Expertise: Basic
  • Registration is free of charge

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