• "European Patent Office: Hands off our food plants!"

    Conventional breeding has to be kept free from patent claims

    27 March 2019 / Today, equipped with a three-metre-high melon, representatives from organisations actively engaged in agriculture, development aid, food production and environmental protection will be holding a public protest at the EPO in Munich. The reason: despite a prohibition on granting patents on conventional breeding, the EPO has nevertheless granted patents on melons, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, garden parsley, cucumber and even daisy flowers, all produced without using methods of genetic engineering. At the same time, oppositions against patents on barley were rejected. Today, the Administrative Council that represents the 38 contracting states of the EPO will meet. The assembly is requested to take measures to ensure that prohibitions are effective.