With this letter ECVC* wants to alert you, as European authorities, on the dangers of patents on plants and animals. Despite its recent decision to exclude plants and animals obtained by traditional breeding from patentability (essentially biological processes), the European Patent Office (EPO) continues to grant patents whose copyright extends to these very plants and animals. Even if these patents are not granted on entire organisms (varieties, plants, breeds or animals) that are no longer patentable, but only on some of their hereditary traits**, the patents extend to any plant or animal that contains such genetic information and conveys its function (tolerance to a herbicide, resistance to disease, meat quality, etc.).
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