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The Polder has the Future

The Netherlands is well known for its water management. As roughly 55% of the country lies below the present sea level, keeping dry feet...

Is UPOV 91 Right for You?

Canada’s plant breeders rights commissioner wholeheartedly says yes. Since 1961, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) has been the...

A Beginner’s Guide on How to Avoid Prison

Late last year I received the news that the owner of a large tomato farm in Vittoria, Italy, had been sentenced to a year...

Is There a Need to Change UPOV? A Seed Industry View on Essentially Derived Varieties

The adoption of the UPOV 1991 Act saw the advent of the Essentially Derived Variety (EDV) concept into the Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR) system....

The Ten Pillars: The Position of the European Seed Industry on the Interpretation and Practical Application of the EDV Concept

The understanding of the European Seed Industry of the EDV notion boils down to the following 10 main elements: The conditions that an EDV...

Why ISF is Playing Traffic Cop

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has waited for a new Standard Material Transfer Agreement, but how can we...

Getting DUS and Performance Testing in Shape for the Next Phase

Agriculture is increasingly being urged to reduce its dependency on external inputs, lower its environmental footprint and cope with more variable climatic conditions. So,...

Benefits of Plant Variety Protection and UPOV Membership: The Case of Kenya

The agriculture sector accounts for 22% of Kenya’s GDP, with the majority of the population dependent directly or indirectly on agriculture. Kenya has a...

As Trump Vows to Stand Up for IP Protection, a “Trade War” Ensues

Guilty: One count of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, one count of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and one count of...

UPOV Council Holds its 51st Ordinary Session

The Council of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) held its 51st ordinary session on October 26, 2017. The Council...