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Overview on patent applications and patents granted in Europe on conventional breeding

January 2016

This backgrounder gives a brief analysis of patent applications on conventional breeding in 2015 at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, as well as at the European Patent Office in Munich (EPO). In addition, it contains an overview of the total number of patent applications and patents granted on conventional breeding since 2000.

In 2015, around 100 patent applications were identified concerning conventional breeding. These patents are on carrots, potatoes, brassica plants, maize, melons, pepper, rice, lettuce, soybeans, spinach, tomatoes, wheat and onions. Amongst the applicants are big companies such as Bayer, Dupont/Pioneer, Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences.

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