Brussels, 29 June 2017 – European Seed Association welcomes restriction as bringing legal certainty and supporting breeders access to genetic diversity
In November 2016, the European Commission officially clarified that the intention of the EU’s Directive on biotech patents of 1998 had actually always been not to allow patents on products obtained by essentially biological processes such as crossing and selection. Now, the European Patent Office (EPO) followed the EU’s approach and adopted a new rule that formally excludes plants obtained by such processes from patentability under the European Patent Convention*.
ESA European Seed Association, the representative organisation of the European plant breeding and seed sector, welcomes and very much appreciates this decision. Patents should now henceforth only be granted on biotechnological processes and plant products that are not essentially biological