Plant Variety Protection
SPD#8: UPOV Convention – its Impact on Farmers in Europe and Globally

SPD#8: UPOV Convention – its Impact on Farmers in Europe and Globally

To discuss policy developments that affect crop diversity movements, the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity (ECLLD) has launched a series of virtual Seed Policy Dialogues. The last SPD of the year in December 2021 was dedicated to plant variety protection, and more specifically to the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention

Seeds: Call for a global week of action against UPOV

Seeds: Call for a global week of action against UPOV

Without seeds and without peasants, agriculture would not be possible. Ever since farming and livestock rearing began, peasants and farmers have freely developed, shared and preserved millions of different crop varieties, adapted to new and different socio-environment...

SPD#4: Intellectual Property Rights: patents on seeds

SPD#4: Intellectual Property Rights: patents on seeds

To discuss policy developments that affect crop diversity movements, the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity (ECLLD) has launched a series of virtual Seed Policy Dialogues. In July 2021, the SPD focused on a particular type of intellectual property right on seeds, patents, and their impacts on agrobiodiversity.

European Patent Office finally revokes Monsanto patent on melons

European Patent Office finally revokes Monsanto patent on melons

However, further patents on seeds can still be granted.. 19 March 2021 / The Technical Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO) has confirmed the revocation of a patent on melons held by Monsanto (EP1962578). In the patent, Monsanto claims melons with a...

Seeds: Call for a global week of action against UPOV

UPOV animation: The great seed robbery

Most seed laws that are trying to be imposed in the world are based on a convention called UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants). Most people or organisations don’t know about UPOV, and its contents and implications for our seeds are...

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