Study visit to Europe to investigate the feasibility of China’s accession to UPOV ‘91

  • EU/China: EU
  • Region: Europe
  • Subject: UPOV
  • Organised by: IP Key
  • Location: Angers, France and Brussels, Belgium
  • Date: 04 Jul 2016 to 07 Jul 2016

IP Key and Chinese experts selected by China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) (the “study team”) held a series of roundtables from July 4th-7th 2016 in Europe (Angers and Brussels) as part of an ongoing feasibility study on China’s potential accession to UPOV ’91. The Chinese study team met with European stakeholders to discuss the impacts of UPOV ’91 accession in the EU, and issues related to China’s potential accession to UPOV ’91. This informed the ongoing research conducted by the Chinese study team, expected to be completed in December 2016, about feasibility of China’s UPOV ’91 accession. The roundtables involved high-level participants from MoA, SFA, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), UPOV, breeders’ associations, farmers’ associations, and academics. A list of the main participants in the study visit can be found below. The PPTs shared at the activity can be downloaded from the right-hand side of this webpage.

The activity resulted in several specific outcomes. It resulted in three concrete activities being agreed to be undertaken or seriously considered by MoA, SFA, and CPVO, namely: (1) a seminar to share experiences on CPVO’s auditing practices of the offices that provide it distinctiveness, uniformity, and stability (DUS) tests; (2) potential additional “taking over” of CPVO’s DUS testing reports by China; and (3) potential exchange of information related to treatment of essentially derived varieties (EDV), harvested material, farm saved seed, and other technical issues. Also, the activity resulted in: (4) UPOV’s continued commitment to provide a formal explanatory note in the near future on the relatively ambiguous concept of EDV; (5) Clarification, for the Chinese study team, of a number of technical issues related to legal provisions in UPOV ‘91 (e.g. exact parameters of exemptions for farmers); (6) identification of several strategies, based on European practice, that China can use to make potential accession to UPOV ’91 more politically feasible; (7) Understanding of the positive economic impact that accession to UPOV ’91 has created in the EU in terms of output, trade, innovation, and incomes of farmers; (8) Identification of a number of research studies that will help aid the Chinese study team’s research; and (9) commitment by stakeholders present at roundtables/meetings to further share information via email with IP Key and MoA and SFA related to the Chinese study team’s research. The outcomes are significant since they help build China’s capacity to accede to UPOV ’91.

Study visit structure and participants:

July 4th – 5th 2016: working meetings and roundtable with CPVO in Angers, France

Name

Title

Organisation

Bart Kiewiet

Founder

Bart Kiewiet Consultancy and former President of CPVO

Carlos Godinho

Vice‐President

CPVO

Dan Prud'homme

Technical Expert

IP Key

Dirk Theobald

Head Technical Unit

CPVO

Francesco Mattina

Head Legal Unit

CPVO

GAO Xintong

Project Officer

IP Key

Gerhard Schuon

Quality Auditing Leader

CPVO

Jean Maison

Deputy Head Technical Unit

CPVO

Li Mingqi

Deputy Director General

Centre for Science and Technology Development, SFA

Martin Ekvad

President

CPVO

Sergio Semon

Expert

CPVO

Song Min

Researcher & Deputy Director

Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Yang Xiongnian

 Director General

 Development Centre of Science and Technology, MoA

Zhang Liyang

Deputy Dean

Yahua Seeds Science Academy of Hunan

Zheng Yongqi

Director

Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry

July 6th 2016: roundtable with breeders and other European stakeholders in Brussels, Belgium

Name

Title

Organisation

Alanna Rennie

 

CIOPORA

Bart Kiewiet

Founder

Bart Kiewiet Consultancy;  former President of CPVO

Dan Prud’homme

Technical Expert

IP Key

Edgar Krieger

Secretary General

CIOPORA

Francesco Mattina

Head of the Legal Unit

CPVO

Gao Xintong

Project Officer

IP Key

Jean Donnenwirth

IP Manager, Corporate Counsel

DuPont Pioneer

Judith de Roos

Legal counsel

Plantum

Kees van Ettekoven

Head of Variety Testing Department

Naktuinbouw Variety Testing Department

Li Mingqi

Deputy Director General

Science and Technology Development Center, SFA

Martin Ekvad

President

CPVO

Paul Olson

Senior IP Expert PVP & Germplasm

KWS

Peter Button

Vice Secretary-General

UPOV

Sietske Wouda

 

Syngenta

Song Min

Deputy Director

China Center for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Szonja Csörgő

Director Intellectual Property & Legal Affairs

ESA

Yang Xiongnian

Director General

Science and Technology Development Center, MoA

Yves-Maries Campion

 

EURALIS Semences

Zhang Liyang

Deputy Dean

Yahua Seeds Science Academy of Hunan

Zheng Yongqi

Office Chief

Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry

 

 July 7th 2016: roundtable with UPOV representative in Brussels, Belgium

Name

Title

Organisation

Bart Kiewiet

Founder

Bart Kiewiet Consultancy;  former President of CPVO

Dan Prud’homme

Technical Expert

IP Key

Gao Xintong

Project Officer

IP Key

Li Mingqi

Deputy Director General

Science and Technology Development Centre, SFA

Peter Button

Vice Secretary-General

UPOV

Song Min

Deputy Director

China Center for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Yang Xiongnian

Director General

Science and Technology Development Centre, MoA

Zhang Liyang

Deputy Dean

Yahua Seeds Science Academy of Hunan

Zheng Yongqi

Office Chief

Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry

July 7th 2016: roundtable with farmers, scholars, and other European stakeholders in Brussels, Belgium

Name

Title

Organisation

Alanna Rennie

 

CIOPORA

Bart Kiewiet

Founder

Bart Kiewiet Consultancy;  former President of CPVO

Dan Prud’homme

Technical Expert

IP Key

Elta Smith

Research Leader

RAND Europe

Gao Xintong

Project Officer

IP Key

Judith de Roos

Legal counsel

Plantum

Li Mingqi

Deputy Director General

Science and Technology Development Center, SFA

Mathias de Backer

 

CIOPORA

Paul Olson

Senior IP Expert PVP & Germplasm

KWS

Song Min

Deputy Director

China Center for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Thor Gunnar Kofoed

Chairman for Danish Agriculture and Food Council Seed Section

Danish Seed Council, COPA/COGECA WP on Seeds
European Seed Growers Group

Yang Xiongnian

Director General

Science and Technology Development Center, MoA

Zhang Liyang

Deputy Dean

Yahua Seeds Science Academy of Hunan

Zheng Yongqi

Office Chief

Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry

This activity relates to a roundtable conducted in Beijing in May. Click here to find out more 

For more information on this activity, please contact Dan Prud'homme dan.prudhomme@ipkey.org

 

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