07.02.2024 |

Opposition against patent on conventionally-bred lettuce rejected

EU urged to take political initiative

7 February 2024 / Today, after public hearing, the European Patent Office (EPO) rejected an opposition against a patent on conventionally-bred lettuce. The patent (EP2966992) was granted to the Dutch company, Rijk Zwaan, in 2018, and was opposed by No Patents on Seeds!. The ‘invention’ in the patent: the seeds are supposedly capable of germinating at higher temperatures.

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