In June 2013, Seminis, a company owned by Monsanto, was granted patent EP1597965 on broccoli that was (conventionally) bred to have a certain shape to make mechanical harvesting easier. The patent covers the plants, the seeds and the “severed broccoli head” which is used for food. It additionally covers a “plurality of broccoli plants (…) grown in a field of broccoli”. The method used to produce these plants was purely crossing and selection. In May 2014, an opposition was filed with support of NO PATENTS ON SEEDS!. The case is still pending in 2018. A hearing at the European Patent Office in The Hague was scheduled for 19 September 2018. The patent was cancelled in September 2018 - more details in our press release (7/11/2018). Monsanto announced to appeal this decision.
7/11/2018, Ingenioren (DK), Patentkontor ophæver Monsanto-patent: Jeres broccoli er ikke GMO
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