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IP Key LA focuses first activity of 2020 on plant variety protection

As part of the 2020 Annual Work Programme, IP Key LA joined forces with the CPVO, GEVES, SENADI and UPOV to hold three events in Quito, Ecuador.

The first event was a face-to-face workshop, ‘PVP Licensing Lab’, which aimed to increase knowledge about plant variety protection (PVP) licensing among public research institutes and small and medium-sized private breeders.

The next event organised was the first seminar for the authorities, as well as for the private sector and academia, on the enforcement of plant variety rights (PVRs) in the region. The CPVO and UPOV, as well as experts from Europe and Latin America, delivered presentations on PVR enforcement, and participating countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) shared their experiences.

This seminar, as the first dedicated exclusively to the topic of PVR enforcement in the region, provided an opportunity to identify both the difficulties and current practices of breeders in Europe and Latin America, and to discuss the challenges facing the region in the fight against the unauthorised use of PVRs.

IP Key LA and its partners also organised a workshop for technical experts from Latin America on the GAIA software, which is expected to improve PVP authorities’ DUS testing procedures. This workshop, which was led by two experts from GEVES, allowed participants to improve their knowledge of the tools provided by GEVES for facilitating the DUS examination and disseminating practices promoted by the CPVO in Europe.

These events are extremely important as Latin America is the source of many agricultural exports. Promoting PVP will enable breeders to obtain protection and avoid the widespread imitation and usurpation of PVRs on international markets.




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