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Bryn Aarflot AS | Norway | 14 Jun 2021

Protection of plant varieties under plant breeders' rights

Plant breeders' rights provide protection of plant varieties. In Norway, where such protection is granted by the Plant Variety Board, breeders can prevent third parties from producing or importing plant material of their plant variety with a view to offering it for sale or otherwise marketing it for purposes of propagation. Third parties must also obtain permission from the breeder if they......
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Venetucci & Asociados | Argentina | 14 Apr 2021

New regulation aims to combat spread of Asian and Japanese gypsy moths

A new regulation has entered into force to combat the risk of Asian and Japanese gypsy moths being transported into Argentina. The new regulation affects vessels which have been to certain regions of concern in the past 24 months. This article outlines the procedure which such vessels must follow before arriving in Argentina.
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Schoenherr | Austria | 25 Jan 2021

EIAs: grubbing ups and path clearances for overhead electrical power lines to be treated differently

When it comes to clearing a path in a forest to construct and operate an overhead electrical power line, electricity grid operators face various legal issues. In its recent decision on the 380kV Salzburg line, the Supreme Administrative Court considered whether the permitting requirements of the Forestry Act stipulated for grubbing ups must also be applied to path clearances in an EIA......
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Schoenherr | Poland | 24 Sep 2020

UOKiK will investigate fruit market over potential price fixing

The National Council of Agricultural Chambers recently asked the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to look into potential competition rule breaches in the soft fruit market, especially regarding the sale of gooseberries. According to gooseberry growers, the buying price of gooseberries is too low compared with the potential price of further sale. The UOKiK is set to......
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ENSafrica | European Union, South Africa | 3 Jun 2020

How does EPO opinion on patentability of plants and animals affect South Africa?

The European Patent Office Enlarged Board of Appeal may have ended the debate on the patentability of plants and animals which are exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes by ruling that these are not patentable. If South Africa follows the board's interpretation, where essentially biological processes such as natural breeding techniques have been used to produce a plant or......
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Fischer (FBC & Co) | Israel | 15 Apr 2020

Population and Immigration Authority issues guidelines regarding visas for foreigners due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, and the significant restrictions imposed on foreign nationals entering Israel, the Population and Immigration Authority has issued a series of guidelines regarding visas for foreigners and foreign workers in Israel. This article summarises the relevant instructions.
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Fieldfisher | Germany | 27 Feb 2020

FCO guidance on B2B platforms: launch of digital agricultural platform approved

The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has raised no objections to the launch of 'Unamera', a digital trading platform for agricultural products. During the review, the FCO provided guidance on the competition law implications of digital platforms, specifically with regard to the obligations where shareholders are active in the same market as the platform's users, the market statistics published on......
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Simmons & Simmons LLP | Germany | 19 Feb 2020

Regulation of medical marijuana

Cannabis-containing finished medicinal products have been available on prescription in Germany for some time. In 2017 the amendment of various acts permitted the state-controlled cultivation of cannabis and allowed the production of cannabis-containing medicinal products in pharmacies. This article provides an overview of the legal framework applicable to cannabis products – especially......
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ENSafrica | South Africa | 12 Feb 2020

Potential for lucrative cannabis industry in South Africa

There have been a number of key developments in South African life sciences law relating to cannabis in recent years, including amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Act 1965, such that products which contain only cannabidiol – when intended for therapeutic purposes – can now be obtained from a pharmacist by prescription. Further, cannabis-related trademark applications will now......
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Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law | European Union, Switzerland | 17 Jun 2019

Latest environmental legislation in effect and in the pipeline

This article summarises key amendments to Swiss environmental laws which either came into effect in recent months or will come into effect in the foreseeable future. Recent developments in this area affect, among other things, plant and water protection, chemicals, non-ionising radiation, energy and CO2 reduction.
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