Fall Creek's Amelie Aust attended a CPVO seminar on Plant Variety Rights Enforcement in the European Union. The CPVO is the Community Plant Variety Office, which allows for a single application to receive Plant Variety Rights in all European countries.
The CPVO is recognizing that in order for plant breeders to have an effective intellectual property tool to incentivize innovation in plant breeding, they must take a more active role in improving the ease and cost of enforcement by improving systems, as well as education. A vocal attendee was CIOPORA, an international lobbying entity dedicated to to improving laws around the world for plant varieties.
The seminar was informative and full of debate, and was a good example of federal offices, lobby groups, and industry representatives working to improve the mechanisms for breeders to enforce their rights in Europe.