IFG wins “landmark” IP case in China
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Leading table grape breeder hails successful outcome of plant variety infringement case in Yunnan involving its IFG Six cultivar
Global table grape breeder International Fruit Genetics (IFG) has announced that a plant variety infringement case in Yunnan, China, has concluded in its favour.
The infringement involved IFG’s proprietary grape variety IFG Six (Chinese variety name (IFG六), which is sold under the trademark Sweet Sapphire (Chinese trademark 甜蜜蓝宝石), according to a media release from the US-headquartered company.
IFG, which boasts 48 patented table grape varieties and ten patented sweet cherry varieties, has obtained plant variety rights protection for 13 of its grape varieties in China. These include but are not limited to Sweet Sapphire, Cotton Candy and Sweet Globe.
Starting in 2020, IFG launched a series of evidence preservation and administrative complaints against illegal sales of propagation and harvested material of IFG varieties.
In Yunnan Province, IFG filed a complaint against an infringer which illegally produced and sold propagation and harvested material for IFG Six (sold under the trademark 甜蜜蓝宝石). The local Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) acknowledged the infringement and imposed significant administrative fines against the infringer.