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  • EPO drops hearings in broccoli patent case

    October 25, 2011

    A new round of hearings over a controversial European patent for broccoli has been cancelled, one week before patent activists planned to demonstrate at the EPO’s Munich headquarters

  • EPO rules out plant breeding patents

    December 10, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal yesterday clearly decided that the process of crossing plants or animals cannot be patented. But questions remain over the patentability of plants themselves

  • Vegetarian diet for the EPO

    October 26, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal is due to rule in the next three months on two cases relating to the patenting of plants. Managing IP provides a guide to broccoli and tomatoes

  • Opinion: Why patents on seeds should not be granted

    October 26, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal is due to issue its decision in a case relating to the patentability of plant breeding in broccoli before the end of the year. Christoph Then, who advises Greenpeace on biopatents, explains why he thinks the Office should say No

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