KUALA LUMPUR: APSA’s Standing Committee for Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity invites all ASC 2019 delegates to join its technical session on November 27 for a comprehensive update on international IP legislation, treaties and trends.
To be held from 11am until 5.30pm at Hall 7A of KLCC, the two-part session will be chaired by SC IPR & Bio Chair Dr. Arvind Kapur and Co-chair Casper van Kempen.
IT PGRFA Workshop
The first segment, scheduled 11am to 12.45pm, is dedicated to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture, or IT PGRFA.
This portion will feature three 20-minute keynote presentations, followed by a panel discussion.
The opening topic will be a “Report on the results of the Governing Body” to be delivered by Ms Anke van den Hurk, the Deputy Director at Plantum, which is the Dutch association for breeding, tissue culture, production and trade of seeds and young plants.
Ms Anke is part of the core management team of Plantum and is particularly responsible for the international activities of the association, representing the seed sector in the international meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for food and Agriculture (IT PGRFA)
Anke’s bio here:
The second presentation will feature a perspective on the treaty from the ASC 2019 Host Country, and is hence titled “Malaysia and the IT PGRFA” to be delivered by Dr. Mohd Shukri Bin Mat Ali, Deputy Director of Genetic Resources, National Focal Point for ITPGRFA, Conservation Management Programme, Gene Bank and Seed Center, Malaysian Agricultural Research & Development Institute (MARDI).
Dr. Mohd Shukri will update delegates on Malaysia’s roles, obligations and implementation of the treaty as a Contracting Party since 2003.
“As a Contracting Party, Malaysia has to ensure the conformity of its law, regulations and procedures with its obligations as provided in the Treaty,” noted Dr. Mohd. Shukri who will also talk about the Malaysia’s National Agrofood Genebank (MyGeneBank™) as the public domain to manage plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) under the multilateral system (MLS).
Dr. Mohd Shukri Mat Ali obtained his BSc. and MSc. in Biochemistry from National University of Malaysia (UKM) and Ph.D. in Plant Product and Nutrition (Phytochemistry) from University of Glasgow, Scotland.
More details here
The third and final talk of the IT PGRFA segment will be on “Developments on biodiversity legislation/access and benefit sharing in India” by Dr Shivendra Bajaj, Executive Director at the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII).
As the Executive Director at the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) and Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI), Dr Shivendra Bajaj manages the 40-member led association to drive public policies and advocates for adoption of seed and biotechnology policy, innovation, new technologies and breeding applications in the agriculture sector.
More infor on Dr. Shivendra here
The talks will be followed by a Q&A discussion, before breaking for lunch.
IPR & UPOV Status
After lunch, SC IPR & Bio’s second segment will commence, featuring five 30-minute keynote speeches.
The first will be an update on the “Status of seed legislation and policies in the Asia-Pacific Region” to be delivered by Dr Pepijn Schreinemachers, Program Leader- Enabling Impact, World Vegetable Center.
Schreinemachers is Flagship Program Leader for Enabling Impact at the World Vegetable Center and based in Bangkok, Thailand. He coordinates the work of the Center with regard to scaling approaches, monitoring tools, knowledge management, and impact evaluation. Pepijn holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany and a MSc in Development Studies from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
More information about Dr. Schreinemachers here.
Next, seed industry consultant, Dr Michael Turner will present his work with APSA’s Standing Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Biodiversity to conduct a survey on the status and awareness of IP legislation for plant varieties in the Asia and Pacific Region, and specifically its effectiveness in securing the rights of plant breeders.
Dr. Turner who holds a BSc in Horticultural Science and a PhD in Plant Physiology – both from the University of Reading, in the UK – worked on the survey from July to October this year.
For more details about the survey and Dr. Turner, click here.
After that APSA’s IP Position Paper will be presented by Chair (Dr Arvind Kapur) or Co-Chair (Mr Casper Van Kempen).
Then, Plantum and Oxfam reports will be delivered via conference call by Mrs Judith de Roos-Blokland, Legal Counsel, Plantum and Mr Bram de Jonge, Seed Policy Advisor, Oxfam Novib.
The Oxfam and Plantum reps will present the outcomes of a project in which the two organizations, together with Euroseeds, have aimed to increase clarity and, where possible, find common grounds with regard to the scope of the private and non-commercial use exception (Article 15.1.i) under the UPOV 1991 Convention amongst key stakeholders.
Mrs. De Roos is a member of the intellectual property committee of ISF, member of the intellectual property committee of Euroseeds, member of the intellectual property committee of VNO-NCW which is the Dutch association for businesses,
Dr Bram De Jonge is the Seed Policy Advisor at Oxfam, the Netherlands, where he is involved in the Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security (SD=HS) program, and is a part-time researcher & lecturer at the Law Group of Wageningen University, specializing in the fields of Intellectual Property Rights, Access and Benefit-Sharing, and seed legislation. He received his PhD from Wageningen University and 2 master decrees in the field of Culture & Science Studies and Environmental Philosophy from Maastricht University (NL) and Lancaster University (UK) respectively.
Finally, a presentation on “Plant Variety Protection: update on experience and challenges will be delivered by Mr Tomochika Motomura, Technical/Regional Officer (Asia) UPOV and and Mr Nguyen Thanh Minh, Director of Plant Variety Protection Office of Vietnam, on EAPVP.
Mr. Motomura started work as Technical/Regional Officer (Asia) at UPOV on April 1, 2017.
A national of Japan, Mr. Motomura holds Bachelor of Agriculture and Master of Agriculture degrees from Kyoto University, Japan, and an Msc Applied International Development, from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) between 1997 and 2012, before working at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as Senior Advisor to the Director General, Rural Development Department from 2014 to 2017
Mr. Minh was appointed Director of Plant Variety Protection Office on December 1, 2015, having previously held the role of Vice Director from May 2015, and as an Examiner for the Vietnamese PVP Office since 2004.
He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Selection of Tomato from the Vietnam Agriculture Academy Science (VAAS).
The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion, moderated by Dr Mary Ann Sayoc, Public Affairs Lead, East West Seed (Philippines).