• Who invented beer and barley?

    EPO continues to grant patents on conventional breeding despite new rules

    8 October 2018 / A hearing is taking place today at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich on another patent (EP 2373154) held by Carlsberg and Heineken. The patent covers conventionally-bred barley, its usage in brewing and the resulting beer.  According to new rules adopted by the EPO in 2017, patents can no longer be granted on plants derived from conventional breeding. Nevertheless, we are expecting the EPO to only restrict the patent in some of its details, but not revoke it entirely.