Open letter: No patents on beer!
Dear Mr. Hart
We are aware that in 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted three patents to the Carlsberg Group covering barley plants derived from conventional breeding, their usage in brewing as well as the beer as the end product. Two of the three patents granted by the EPO are based on random mutations in barley. The kernels from these plants are supposedly better for brewing beer (EP 2384110 and EP 2373154). The third patent (EP 2575433) is simply a combination of barley plants produced through further plant breeding. Each of these patents covers the plants, the process for brewing, malt and wort and any drinks produced by this method.