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EPO decision on patents on seeds: A step forward but concerns remain

19 May 2020

On 14 May, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) issued opinion G 3/19 (Pepper) concluding that plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable. This is the outcome of a long legal dispute between those who oppose patents on living organisms and the unethical behaviour of the biotech industry, that aims to privatise na- ture.

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