MEPs condemn European Patent Office for patentability of plants grown in biological processes

MEPs condemn European Patent Office for patentability of plants grown in biological processes

In a new episode of the longstanding legal saga on biotech inventions, the European Parliament delivered a reprimand to the European Patent Office (EPO) reaffirming that tomatoes, broccoli and other plants obtained by essentially biological processes must not be patentable. The non-legislative resolution adopted in Strasbourg on Thursday (19 September) is scathing about the EPO, saying their internal decision-making rules “must not undermine democratic political control of European patent law and its interpretation and the legislator’s intent.” The EPO, which is not an EU body, opened the possibility of granting…

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European Parliament must stop Amazon and climate destruction

European Parliament must stop Amazon and climate destruction

EU lawmakers should show global leadership by legislating to ensure that companies’ supply chains and investments are not linked to deforestation, environmental harm and human rights abuses, writes Giulia Bondi. Giulia Bondi is an EU Campaigner for Global Witness The stakes are high for the new European Parliament and team of Commissioners. Not only do they face a challenging welcome, with issues on EU borders, protecting European democracy from disinformation and interference, and digital security landing on their desks, they also face pressing global questions on the future of our…

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