The seminar, declared
of national interest by the Paraguayan Senate (Resolution 56 of
March 12 2015), began on March 17 at sunset with the Opening
Ceremony of this new meeting which brought together knowledge
Juan Vanrell, president of ASIPI, emphasised in his opening
words the reasons why the topic of agriculture was chosen for
this seminar. He stressed the importance of agriculture in
Paraguay, both in its economy and the livelihood of its
After the ceremony, a cocktail was held at the Gran Salon of
the Sheraton Asunción Hotel, where the seminar took
From Monday morning, panels began offering the audience
varied themes and workshops for participants.
The first panel, Intellectual Property Strategies in
Agricultural Companies, raised the importance of IP protection
for agricultural and agro-chemical companies whose
technological development and innovation are engines of
development in recent years.
The system of legal protection of plant varieties and
biotechnological inventions applied to plants was the second
topic in the debate and raised the issue of the need for the
legal system of intellectual protection of plant varieties to
have a different scope than the patent law.
On the afternoon of the first day a mediation workshop took
place where panellists spoke about mediation as a necessary
skill in today’s world of conflict resolution.
During four hours they put within reach of lawyers and clients
the basics of mediation, including its benefits, the process
and how it differs from litigation and arbitration.
And after a long day
of sharing knowledge and networking, the evening activity took
place at the exclusive event centre Las Hortensias, hosted by
local law firms.
Tuesday began with a panel on Agricultural trade marks:
protection and defence strategies, where the discussion of
regional jurisprudence conflicts between different kinds of
agrochemicals and experience of protecting them was
The defence of competition in the agri-food sector was the
topic of the second panel. It dealt with the leeway to make the
food industry more competitive.
The morning of the second day ended with a presentation on The
importance of test data in the agrochemical industry. There the
analysis of triple-agrochemicals concatenation between
agriculture and protection of test data was highlighted.
Designations of origin and geographical indications: The case
Ka'a He'e (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni) expanded on the analysis
of the findings of scientist Moises Bertoni in 1887 when he
identified the "sweet herb" that would later be called KA'A
He'e (stevia rebaudiana Bertoni), which revolutionised the
development of the sugar and sweeteners sector.
The academic sessions culminated in the evening with a workshop
on drafting claims for chemical-agricultural patents.
Panellists raised the criteria for correct technical wording of
the claims of a patent application of a chemical-agricultural
The seminar provided both an academic contribution and social
activity, culminating with a closing dinner at the luxurious
Bourbon Conmebol Convention Hotel of Asuncion.
The enjoyment and exchange between partners was highlighted
once again as in all ASIPI events.
The Association continues working to organise the event
that will gather us again in December, in the beautiful
Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias.
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