Patenting of Plant Varieties and Plant Breeding Methods
Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 1069-1074, 2012
7 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2012 Last revised: 18 Jul 2014
Date Written: November 17, 2012
This article considers the relationship between patenting and plant variety rights protection, through a detailed analysis of the recent determination by the Extended Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office that methods for breeding broccoli and tomatoes were not patentable. It concludes that the right to patent agricultural innovations is increasingly located within a political context.
Keywords: plant variety rights, patents, EU
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