The European Patent Office (EPO) has scheduled a hearing for 7 February on an opposition filed by No Patents on Seeds! against a patent granted on conventionally-bred lettuce (EP2966992). This backgrounder has been compiled to provide information on the patent being opposed; it also provides an overview of other patent applications filed for conventionally-bred lettuce. It also discusses options for licencing contracts.
Current interpretation of patent law is insufficient to stop patents on conventional breeding
Final version of the report, July 2023
KWS is filing increasing numbers of patents on conventionally-bred plants and plant genes
Report No Patents on Seeds!, December 2022
Patent research conducted in 2021 shows how industry is trying to patent genes, plants, seeds and food (Report June 2022)
Overview of patent applications filed for conventionally-bred barley up until the end of 2021
Research into patent applications conducted in 2020 shows how the industry is escaping prohibitions in patent law.
New applications for patents on conventional plant and animal breeding (2020)
The report gives an overview of patent applications filed for conventional plant and animal breeding between
2018 and 2019, which may be granted by the European Patent Office in the next few years.
Der er nye ansøgninger om patenter på planter og dyr på vej – også patenter
på planter og dyr, som er forædlet eller fremavlet ved traditionelle forædlingsmetoder (2020)
Denne rapport giver et indblik i de patentansøgninger, der er indgivet på traditionelt forædlede planter og dyr i
2018 og 2019 og som måske vil blive godkendt af den Europæiske Patent Organisation i løbet af de næste par år.
Résumé en français du rapport "Eleven reasons why Europe needs to ban patents on food plants and farm animals. New applications for patents on conventional plant and animal breeding" (2020)
Overview 2018-2019: No patents on seeds! End the legal chaos at the European Patent Office! Conventional breeding must be free of patent claims.
Stop det juridiske kaos i den Europæiske Patent Organisation!Traditionel planteforædling skal friholdes fra patentering.
Patent applications covering everything from the animal feed to the final product are increasing.
Overview of patents on animals and animal breeding, which have been granted by the EPO during the last years.
In January 2018, NO PATENTS ON SEEDS! issued a new report which shows that the European Patent Office continues to grant patents on conventionally bred plants - despite the fact that in 2017, the contracting states had tried to tighten the relevant bans.
The report, published in 2016, provides an overview of recent developments concerning patents on conventionally bred plants - i.a. on new strategies of the industry and the European Patent Office, current patent applications and their political and legal background.