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5 April 2015
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DAWN

KARACHI: Fifty non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from across the country have urged the Senate not to pass an important bill the National Assembly quietly passed last month.

24 March 2015
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APBREBES

UPOV will be meeting in Geneva for its Spring session from 23-th to 27th March 2015. Its Administrative and Legal Committee (CAJ) will meet on 26th March, the Consultative Committee (CC) on 27th March in the morning while its highest decision-making body, the UPOV Council on 27th March in the afternoon. The meeting of the CC is closed to observers.

15 March 2015
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Third World Network - TWN Info Service on Intellectual Property Issues (Mar15/02)
Sangeeta Shashikant (London): An upcoming UPOV meeting in Geneva will consider a proposal to establish a centralized harmonized system for the administration and examination of PBR applications to be known an “International System of Cooperation” (ISC), by way of a simple “agreement” adopted by the Council, UPOV’s highest governing body.

The ISC is a demand of the International Seed Federation (ISF), the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Plants (CIOPORA) and CropLife International (CLI) which jointly represent the interests of the mainstream see

14 March 2015
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ITPGRFA Secretariat

Submissions of information on ITPGRFA interrelations with UPOV and WIPO

9 March 2015
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National Farmers' Union of Canada

On Tuesday, February 25, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, became law when it received royal assent. The new law, which brings Canada under the UPOV ’91 plant breeders’ rights regime, will come into force by Cabinet order. From now on, seed companies’ exclusive rights to control new varieties of seed have been expanded, they have gained new ways to collect royalty revenue from farmers and a longer, twenty-year royalty collection period (twenty-five years for tree and vine varieties). 

17 February 2015
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Netnou-Nkoana NC, Jaftha JB, Dibiloane MA, Eloff J.

Netnou-Nkoana NC, Jaftha JB, Dibiloane MA, Eloff J. Understanding of the farmers’ privilege concept by smallholder farmers in South Africa Published in: S Afr J Sci. 2015;111(1/2), Art. #2013-0344, 5 pages. 2015/2013-0344

17 November 2014
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UPOV bodies – the Council (48th session), the Consultative Committee (88th session), the Administrative and Legal Committee (70th session), and the Administrative and Legal Committee Advisory Group (CAJ-AG) – met in Geneva from 13th to 17th October 2014. Below are highlights of the main discussions and outcomes. 

UPOV Council (48th Session)

The UPOV Council, the highest decision making body in UPOV met on 16th October.

Appointment of the Secretary General of UPOV

17 November 2014
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TWN

The multinational seed industry is pressing for more international harmonization of the plant breeders’ rights protection system that will intensify corporate control.

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