KUALA LUMPUR: The 2019 Asian Seed Congress (ASC 2019), which will take place 25 to 29 November in the Malaysian capital, is themed “Plant Variety Protection as foundation for seed sector development”.
The theme will be galvanized on the event’s opening day at the Congress Workshop, which will take place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on the afternoon of November 25.
The Workshop will feature four presentations on PVP matters in the region from leading seed industry representatives, followed by a paneled discussion with public sector representatives from across the region.
Initiated by welcome remarks from APSA President Mr. Tahir Saleemi and Executive Director, Dr. Kanokwan Chodcchoey, the Workshop will proceed with four keynote presentations as follows:
PVP in Asia-Pacific – Past, Present and Future The opening presentation will be delivered by seed industry consultant, Dr Michael Turner, who will give an overview of plant variety registration and protection trends and practices in the region.
Dr. Turner recently worked 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. The aim of the survey is to promote awareness of APSA’s position on IP and IP issues generally within the APSA community, both public and private, with an emphasis on the current status of key issues within selected countries.
Dr. Turner has worked in different aspects of seeds for 45 years, first in a government organization, then in a private seed production company, before becoming Director of the Postgraduate Course in Seed Technology at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
For more details about the survey and Dr. Turner, click here
The session’s second presentation will be delivered by seed and biotechnology regulatory affairs expert, Mr. Michael Leader, who will provide perspective and overview of PVP challenges in the seed industry.
A Molecular Biology graduate from the Australian National University, for Mr. Leader biogrpahy click here
Seed Regulatory Lead – Asia & Africa at Bayer Crop Science, and the current president of the Australian Seed Federation, and will present at the Workshop on behalf of CropLife International.
An international trade association, Croplife International comprises the world’s leading agrochemical companies – Bayer, BASF, Corteval Agriscience, Syngenta, Sumitomo Chemical and FMC Agricultural Solutions – as well as a number of regional and national member associations across the globe.
An active member of APSA’s Standing Committee on International Trade & Quarantine, Mr. Leader has a demonstrated history of working in the agriculture and life science industries, and is an authoritative advocate for strong corporate governance as well as international government and regulatory affairs.
The afternoon’s third presentation will be delivered by Mr Herbt Feng of China.
A seasoned professional with direct experience and informed insight about the IP situation in the world’s most populous country, Mr. Herbt works as APAC & GC Brand Protection Leader at Corteva Agriscience™.
Central to his presentation, Mr. Feng will introduce a recently-updated enforcement guidebook by CropLife Asia.
Covering the interpretation, implementation and enforcement of laws and regulations concerning PVP enforcement, as well as other types of IPR infringement, the book is designed to guide company executives, authorities, investigators and law enforcement officers to better identify IPR infringement specifics and thus support stronger enforcement.
Aside from introducing the guidance book, Mr. Feng will advocate for stronger intelligence and industry collaboration as a key enabler for efficient enforcement. Click Here for Mr. Herbt Feng biogrpahy.
The Workshop’s final presentation will be delivered by Mr Marc Cool, Global Seed Policy Leader for Corteva AgriscienceTM, and will focus on definition and technical perspective on Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV) for the seed industry in Asia.
What is the concept of Essentially Derived Varieties and how does this concept help in the protection of varieties and Intellectual Property in the context of the Asian region? Mr. Marc Cool biogrpahy click here.
This question will be addressed in detail by Mr. Cool, who is an American graduate from the Agricultural University of Wageningen in the Netherlands where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology, and has more than three decades in the seed industry, in both the US and China.
The second half of the Congress Workshop will feature a nine-person public-sector paneled discussion, which will be moderated by Dr. Arvind Kapur, who chairs APSA’s Standing Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity.
Panelists include the following:
- Malaysia: Mr Mohamad Nasir bin Warris (Director General, Management and Regulatory, Department of Agriculture Malaysia)
- China: Ms Wang Chenyu (Examiner, Development Center of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs)
- Vietnam: Mr Nguyen Thanh Minh (Director, Plant Variety Protection Office)
- Southeast Asia: Dr Kitisri Sukhapinda (Intellectual Property Attaché, Office of Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Southeast Asia, U.S. Embassy Bangkok
- UPOV: Mr Peter Button (Vice Secretary-General, UPOV) Representative from private sector
- Indian representative (Dr Chandra Prakash)
- China Seed Trade Association (Mrs Weihong (Alison) Tian)
- Japan Seed Trade Association (Mr Madoka Koshibe)
- Corteva Agriscience (Mr Marc Cool)
- East West Seed International (Mr. Michel Devarrewaere)
For more information on the above panelists, click here.
To emphasize the importance of this theme and topic, APSA’s Standing Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity have developed a new poster to launch a new #SayNoToSeedPiracy social media campaign
The ASC 2019 Congress Workshop will take place 1 to 5pm in Sections 7a and 7b of the venue’s third floor. Admission is open and free for all ASC delegates, with limited seating.