European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on melons
26 January 2010
The letter was sent to the EPO just one day before the hearing. Essentially the application of the patent constituted an act of biopiracy - violating Indian law and international treaties.
"The patent was based on essentially biological processes for breeding and claimed plant varieties. This was a clear violation of European patent law”, says Christoph Then for the international coalition of No Patents on Seeds! which organised the opposition.
The patent was based on essentially biological processes for breeding and claimed plant varieties. This was a clear violation of European patent law.
“It is a huge success that the patent has been revoked! Nevertheless, the general problem cannot be resolved simply by filing oppositions at the EPO. Politicians need to make sure that laws are applied properly and prohibitions are no longer ignored.”
The opposition was filed by
- Berne Declaration (Switzerland)
- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (Germany)
- Bund Naturschutz in Bayern (Germany)
- Gesellschaft für Ökologische Forschung (Germany)
- Greenpeace (Germany)
- No Patents on Life! (Germany)
- Verband Katholisches Landvolk (Germany)
- Foundation for Future Farming.
Christoph Then, Tel + 49 151 54638040, info(at)no-patents-on-seeds.org