China Stakes Out Its Place in Plant Variety Protection

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

13 Oct 2021 05:00 p.m. - 06:30 p.m. PDT

Since China established its legal regime for the protection of new varieties of plants in 1997, it has emerged as the country with the largest number of plant variety applications in the world, as well as the most litigious.

To what extent does China’s plant variety IP regime address China’s twin goals of becoming an agricultural innovator and meeting the food security needs of its vast population?

Join Morrison & Foerster partner Michael Ward as he moderates a panel of industry experts on U.S. and Chinese plant variety protection. This webinar will explore the public policy implications of China’s efforts to become a major force in new plant varieties, the technical aspects of China’s emerging plant variety regime, and how these changes fit into China’s overall IP practice.


  • Mark A Cohen, BCLT/Berkeley Law (moderator)
  • Michael Ward, MoFo (moderator)
  • Elaine Wu, USPTO
  • Amy Martin, Driscoll’s
  • Dan Fang, ASTA
  • Xu Yi, Lusheng
  • Zhou Yanhao, Sinochem/Syngenta

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