UK Government Considers a Breeding Exception to Patent Rights

As requested by art. 27 (c) of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court, UK is considering an exception to patent rights for plant breeding purposes. Page 11 of the following report explains that the UK governments views the exception as beneficial for the advancement of the plant breeding industry.  Breeding companies also find a utility in incorporating the breeding exception into patent law, especially if patents on GM plants increase.

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Monsanto on Trial?

This post is not on plant variety protection, but on an event related to Monsanto, holder of a great number of plant variety rights.

Civil society organizations and citizens have charged Monsanto with crimes against Nature and Humanity. A press conference held in conjunction with the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, November 30 – December 11, in Paris, announced that Monsanto will be put on trial in the Hague. This is a politically important act though the Monsanto Tribunal is a non-official tribunal (not to be confused with the International Court of Justice).

As explained in the website dedicated to the initiative,

The Monsanto Tribunal, which will be held in The Hague from 12 to 16 October 2016, aims to assess these allegations made against Monsanto, and to evaluate the damages caused by this transnational company. The Tribunal will rely on the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” adopted at the UN in 2011. It will also assess potential criminal liability on the basis of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether a reform of international criminal law is warranted to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense, so that natural persons could incurr criminal liability.
Recognizing ecocide as a crime is the only way to guarantee the right of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.”

For more information on the organizers and members of the steering committee of the Tribunal:

Will the Tribunal impact Monsanto plant varieties and lower patent filings?

*Curious facts