A Comprehensive Approach to Plant Variety Rights and Patents in the Field of Innovative Plants

Forthcoming in Christine Godt/Matthias Lamping (eds), In Honour of Hanns Ullrich (tbc), Springer 2021

34 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2020

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Axel Metzger

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät

Herbert Zech

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät

Date Written: August 17, 2020

Abstract

The paper explores how intellectual property may foster innovation in the plant sector. The issue is high on the agenda of the European Patent Office, as shown by the Enlarged Board of Appeal’s recently issued opinion in respect of case G 3/19 (“Pepper”). The paper provides an overview of current areas of innovation in green biotechnology plant breeding and various actors involved in the field. It also sketches the economic foundations of generating plant innovations. In its main part, the paper attempts to develop a comprehensive approach for protecting innovative plants based on the current regime of PVR and patent protection before it draws an outline of a possible future unification of the two regimes.

Suggested Citation

Metzger, Axel and Zech, Herbert, A Comprehensive Approach to Plant Variety Rights and Patents in the Field of Innovative Plants (August 17, 2020). Forthcoming in Christine Godt/Matthias Lamping (eds), In Honour of Hanns Ullrich (tbc), Springer 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3675534

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Herbert Zech

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