The patent, EP3560330, granted to the German company KWS by the European Patent Office (EPO) in June 2022, covers maize with improved digestibility which is primarily purposed for animal feed production. It claims plants with randomly mutated genes and their harvest and the feed produced thereof. It covers, in addition, the usage of naturally occurring genetic variations for conventional breeding. On 14 March 2023, the international coalition of No Patents on Seeds! filed an opposition against the patent. A hearing has not been scheduled yet.
The patent on the website of the European Patent Office
The press release about the opposition (14 March 2023)
Demonstration at the KWS shareholder meeting (December 2022)
Report by No patents on seeds! about KWS patents (2022)
- 14 March 2023 - Bio Eco Actual (Spain): Oposición contra la patente del maíz