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No Patents On Seeds

No patents on broccoli, barley and beer!

European patent law must be changed to safeguard the wider public interest

In essence, the basis for European patent law, the so-called European Patent Convention (EPC), excludes plants and animals from patentability. As Article 53(b) of the EPC reads, no patents on plant or animal varieties may be granted:

“European patents shall not be granted in respect of:

(b) plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals; this provision shall not apply to microbiological processes or the products thereof.”

However, the European Patent Office (EPO) has very often disregarded and undermined prohibitions in the EPC, granting thousands of patents on plants and animals in recent years.


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