The Patenting of life

European Parliament votes against patents on plants and animals Resolution calls for stop to patents on conventional breeding

May 10, 2012

Today, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the European Patent Office to stop granting patents on the conventional breeding of plants and animals.

Monsanto let off the hook on Bt Brinjal

February 22, 2012

Despite violating the Biodiversity Act, American seed major escapes legal action, reports Imran Khan

Opposition to Monsanto´s Patent on Indian Melon

La Via Campesina Call to Action – Help Stop Terminator’s Return!
(July 2010) Four years after the moratorium on Terminator technology was reaffirmed by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), proposals to develop and commercialize ‘genetic-use restriction technologies’ (GURTs) are back on the agenda for policymakers and the biotechnology industry

Legal setback for Monsanto in Argentine soy dispute
LUXEMBOURG - U.S. biotech giant Monsanto’s (MON.N) EU patent on its Roundup Ready soybean seeds should not extend to cover imports of processed soybean meal into the 27-nation bloc, an adviser to Europe’s top court said.

Monsanto’s dominance draws antitrust inquiry
For plants designed in a lab a little more than a decade ago, they’ve come a long way: Today, the vast majority of the nation’s two primary crops grow from seeds genetically altered according to Monsanto company patents.

Monsanto seed biz role revealed
Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.’s business practices reveal how the world’s biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors

Patenting the “Climate Genes”… And Capturing the Climate Agenda
The world’s largest seed and agrochemical corporations are stockpiling hundreds of monopoly patents on genes in plants that the companies will market as crops genetically engineered to withstand environmental stresses such as drought, heat, cold, floods, saline soils, and more. BASF, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dupont and biotech partners have filed 532 patent documents (a total of 55 patent families) on so-called “climate ready” genes at patent offices around the world.