Standing Committee for Intellectual Property Rights & Biodiversity


Time Agenda
13.00 – 13.05 ​ Opening Remarks and Chair (5 mins)
Dr. Arvind Kapur, Chair, APSA Standing Committee for IPR & Biodiversity ​
13.05 – 13.35 ​ Summary of the Governing Body (GB 9) of the ITPGRFA and Digital Sequencing Information  (20 mins & Q&A 10 mins)
Dr. Shivendra Bajaj, Executive Director, the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII)
13.35 – 15.10

Panel discussion on Access and Benefit Sharing: Facilitated mechanism or obstructive mechanism
(10 mins presentation per country)

Moderate by Dr. Arvind Kapur, Chair, APSA Standing Committee for IPR & Biodiversity 

  1. Representative from India
    Mr Ashwani Kumar, 
    Retired Joint Secretary (Seeds), Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India
  2. Representative from Philippines
    Mr Lorna E. Herradura
    , Center Chief, National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center - Bureau of Plant Industry
  3. Representative from Japan
    Mr Eiji Hatano
    , Deputy Director, Global Environmental Affairs Office, MeaDRI Sustainable Food Systems Strategy Division, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)
Round table discussion and session summary (45 mins) ​
15.10 – 15.40 Coffee break (30 mins) ​
15.40 – 16.05 Interrelation between farmers’ rights and breeders’ rights on the private and non-commercial use of protected plant varieties
Mr. Francois Burgaud
, SEMAE and Co-chair of SC IPR and Biodiversity (25 mins)
16.05 – 16.25 ​ Perspective from ASFARNET-PH (Asian Farmer Regional Network, Philippines) on the usage of seeds and new developed varieties
Mr Reynaldo Cabanao
, President,  ASFARNET-PH (20 mins)
16.25 – 16.45 Role of the UPOV system in providing benefits to farmers
Mr Manabu Suzuki
, Technical/Regional Officer (Asia), UPOV (20 mins)
16.45 – 17.15 Freedom to operate strategies: How to conduct plant varieties clearance search prior to R&D and commercial activities  (30 mins) ​
Mr. Fabrice Mattei, SC IPR and Biodiversity member, Principal, Global Head of Patent Group, Rouse & Co International (Thailand) Limited
17.15 – 17.30

Session summary and closing remarks by Mr. Francois Burgaud, Co-chair of SC IPR and Biodiversity (15 mins)