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No Patents On Seeds

Stop patents on plants and animals!

The organisations behind No Patents On Seeds are especially concerned about increasing number of patents on plants, seeds and farm animals and their impact on farmers, breeders, innovation and biodiversity. These patents create new dependencies for farmers, breeders, food producers and consumers. These patents have to be regarded as misappropriation of basic resources in farm and food production and as general abuse of patent law. We call for an urgent re-think of European patent law in biotechnology and plant breeding and to support clear regulations that exclude from patentability processes for breeding, genetic material, plants and animals and food derived thereof.

Through the back door: European Patent Office wants to expand patenting of plants and animals

26 June 2017

On Wednesday this week, the 38 contracting states of the European Patent Office will meet in La Hague to make a decision on the future interpretation of existing prohibitions in European patent law in regard to the breeding of plants and animals. The EU Parliament and the EU Commission are demanding that such patents are confined to genetic engineering. According to a proposal presented by the EPO, some of these patents will indeed no longer be granted in future. However, at the same time, new loopholes are being created that will allow the avoidance of the relevant prohibitions. Consequently, it is more than likely that there will be an overall increase in the number of patents granted on conventional breeding.

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One last round of free beer!

7 June 2017

Today members of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! will arrive outside the European Patent Office (EPO) with a barrel of organic, non-alcoholic beer on a wagon pulled by six brewery horses (Photos). Their purpose: to deliver an opposition against a third patent on barley and beer granted to Carlsberg and Heineken in 2016 (EP 2575433). These major beer brewing companies are claiming barley and beer as their invention. The opposition was filed jointly by around 40 organisations.

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European Patent Office to strengthen prohibitions against patents on plants and animals

29 May 2017

After more than ten years of protest from civil society organisations, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) will meet just in one month´s time to strengthen the current prohibitions in patent law to exclude patents on conventionally bred plants and animals. The proposal put forward by the EPO states that plants and animals derived from breeding processes of crossing and selection will no longer be regarded as patentable. One consequence of the change is that patents granted within the last few years, such as those on broccoli and tomato, would now be prohibited. Despite this success, the organisations behind No Patents on seeds! believe there is still a need for further changes.

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