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CarIPI visits OREVADO for its first in-person seminar on Regional Cooperation in plant variety rights

On 19-20 May, CarIPI, the European Union’s Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) organised a seminar on regional cooperation in plant variety protection at the Office of Plant Variety Registration and Protection of Breeders' Rights (OREVADO), of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Dominican Republic. Decision makers from agricultural ministries, IP offices and EPA coordinators attended this event.

Participants were able to discuss intensified cooperation in the CARIFORUM region in the field of PVP based on the feedback received on the policy paper jointly prepared by CarIPI, CPVO and UPOV, and learn from the results and experience of implementing PVR systems in the Dominican Republic and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Moreover, representatives of several the intellectual property offices took advantage of this opportunity to participate in training sessions and study visits with OREVADO. The Dominican Republic is a pioneer in this field, as it is the first country in the Caribbean region to have a plant variety registration system. In fact, CarIPI supported its launch in 2020 and now the Dominican Republic is the only country in the region in a position to receive process and register applications for varieties of plants and seeds at the national and international level, through the PVR at the OREVADO offices. The PVR system complies with provisions of the UPOV, national legislation and other international organisations.

For detailed information, check our press release.

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