IV International Forum on Intellectual Property, IPF-2017, was held in Kyiv on June 7. In the course of the second session of the event, titled "Intellectual property as a business asset", the issue of the legal regulation of plant varieties as objects of intellectual property was brought into attention. There were three representatives who participated in its discussion – Natalia Nikolenko, Head of the Plant Protection Rights Section of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Department of Soil Management and Technical Policy in Agro-Industrial Complex, Siuzana Hryhorenko, Executive Director of Seed Association of Ukraine, as well as a representative of a company-owner of the breeding materials.
Siuzana Hryhorenko addressed issues of international cooperation in the field of plant variety rights protection. In particular, she told about the Ukraine's participation in the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties. Natalia Nikolenko, the representative of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, focused the attention of the public on the fact that presently functions related to the implementation of plant varieties rights are in the competence of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy.
On behalf of the Seed Association of Ukraine, we express our gratitude to the organizers of the event!