Patents on plants and animals

A joint roundtable

Patents on conventional breeding of plants and animals and their consequences for the agricultural sector and the food production.

How to interpret the EU Biotech Patents Directive 98/44/EC ? Is there a need to change the law?

The point of view of stakeholders.


Keynote speakers:

  • Mars, Inc. - one of the world's leading food manufacturers
    Mr. Ingmar Streese, Director Global Programs and Partnerships
  • Plantum -  Dutch Plant Breeders Association, NL
    Mr. Niels Louwaars, Director
  • Professor Fritz Dolder - University of Basel - Faculty of Law, CH
  • Misereor - Catholic Organisation for Development Cooperation, D
    Ms. Kerstin Lanje - Policy and advocacy officer - world trade and food
  • COAG - Union of farmers from Spain, ES
    Mr. José Manuel Benítez – responsible for organic farms and seeds
  • No Patents On Seeds 
    Mr Christoph Then
    , Co-ordinator


Hosted by MEPs Evelyne GEBHARDT, Martin KASTLER and Martin HÄUSLING

Interpretation will be provided in EN / DE / FR / ES

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