Seminar on the Enforcement of Plant Breeders’ Rights under the UPOV Convention (2016)

Hanoi, Viet Nam, September 7 and 8, 2016

organized by
the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Viet Nam

in cooperation with
the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)


the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
and with the assistance of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan



Overview of enforcement of breeders’ rights under the UPOV Convention Ms. Yolanda Huerta, Legal Counsel, UPOV

Session 1 : Measures for the effective enforcement of breeders’ rights: key challenges

a) Perspective of breeders’ associations

Asian and Pacific Seed Association

Mr. Narendra K. Dadlani, Director, Technical Affairs, The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)

American Seed Trade Association Mr. John Duesing, Senior Research Director, Intellectual Property Asset Protection, Dupont Pioneer

b) Experiences of breeders’ enforcing their rights

Breeders Trust

Mr. Geert Staring, General Director, Breeders Trust, Belgium

Private seed company

Mr. Madoka Koshibe, President of Mikado Kyowa Seed Co., Ltd., Japan

Legal and institutional requirements for effective breeders’ rights enforcement: the experience of the Anti-Infringement Bureau for Intellectual Property Rights on Plant Material (AIB)

Mr. Casper van Kempen, Managing Director, AIB, Belgium


Session 2 : Experiences in the enforcement of breeders’ rights in selected countries/organizations

Experiences of UPOV members in Africa

Mr. Evans Sikinyi, International Consultant, Kenya

Argentina: the experience of the Instituto Nacional de Semillas (INASE)

Ms. María Laura Villamayor, Legal adviser, Presidency Unit, National Institute of Seeds (INASE)


 Ms. Luo Xia, Judge, Third Civil Tribunal, The Supreme People's Court of People’s Republic of China

European Union

Mr. Martin Ekvad, President, Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)


 Mr. François Burgaud, Director of External Relations, French Association for Seeds and Seedlings (GNIS)


Mr. Katsumi Yamaguchi, Plant Variety Protection Office, Intellectual Property Division, Food Industry Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

Republic of Korea

Mr. Jun Yon Jang, Senior Examiner, Korea Seed and Variety Service

United States of America

Ms. Kitisri Sukhapinda, Patent Attorney, Department of Commerce, Office of Policy and International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Viet Nam

Mr. Thanh Minh Nguyen, Director, Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO),Department of Crop Production (DCP), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)

Discussion : Effective enforcement of breeders’ rights:  key challenges and possible measures

Concluding remarks                                 


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