Tag Archives: Plant Variety Protection

Belgian Court Finds Plant Variety Rights Infringement

On December 3, 2012, a court in the city of Ghent, Belgium ruled that bromeliad ornamental plant varieties marketed under the names “Starlight” and “Catherine” were indistinguishable from a protected variety known as “Calypso,” and thus the marketing and sale … Continue reading

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Chilean Court Awards US$4.4 Million for Plant Variety Rights Infringement

On November 14, 2012, a trial court in Talagante, a province in the Santiago Metropolitan Region in central Chile, ordered two agricultural companies to pay nearly US$4.4 million for infringing the plant variety rights of José Domingo Godoy Huidobro, the breeder … Continue reading

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Colombian Court Strikes Down Law Approving 1991 Plant Variety Protection Convention

On December 5, 2012, Colombia’s Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional a 2012 law by which the National Congress approved the country’s accession to the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV Convention). Sentencia … Continue reading

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Italian Court Awards Damages for Plant Breeders’ Rights Infringement

Netherlands seed company Rijk Zwaan announced this week that a court in Milan, Italy has ordered the Italian company Agriseeds to pay Rijk Zwaan €205,701 in damages for unlawfully reproducing lettuce plants of a variety over which the Dutch company … Continue reading

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In Spain, Yet Another Jail Sentence For Plant Variety Rights Infringement

According to an article published this week in La Voz Digital, a court in the Andalusian port city of Algeciras recently sentenced an individual to six months in prison for criminally infringing plant variety rights in the carnation variety known … Continue reading

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In Spain, Plant Breeders’ Rights Criminal Cases Draw Fines, Jail Terms, Acquittal

In several separate judicial proceedings this year, Spanish courts have handled prosecutions for alleged criminal infringements of plant breeders’ rights. This article briefly reviews five cases in which courts imposed fines and prison terms, and one case upholding a finding … Continue reading

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