IP Key China together with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), the Ministry of Agriculture of China (MOA) and the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) is organising a training to four Chinese experts from the Development Center of Science and Technology, the Office of Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the Research Institute of Forestry from 25 to 29 of June.

The training will take place in two parts; three and a half days at CPVO Headquarters in Angers, France, including a visit to GEVES, one of the examination offices carrying out technical work on behalf of the CPVO, and one day at the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) in Geneva.

This training at CPVO will address different aspects of the registration of plant varieties, such as on-line application, administration of applications, database demonstration, denominations, communication and transparency, etc. The participants will also have the opportunity to work on a practical case study.

To end, in Geneva, UPOV will present an overview of developments in UPOV and in China, UPOV training and assistance strategy in China, as well as an update on UPOV PRISMA application tool and on the experience of China using the tool.

The objectives of this activity are to strengthen skills and knowledge of the Plant Variety Rights procedure aspects and to promote EU best practices; as well as to reinforce information-sharing among EU and Chinese authorities.