• CRISPR patents block conventional plant breeding

    Research on recent patent applications reveals ‘fake inventions’

    20 June 2024 / No Patents on Seeds! conducted research into international patent applications published in 2023. The outcome shows, how new genetic engineering (NGT) is being abused to extend patent protection to conventionally-bred plants. It appreas that gene variants and traits found in existing plant populations are frequently being 're-invented' with NGTs to create the impression of a technical invention. If these patents are granted, they very often extend to conventional breeding.