Food security and patents

European Patent Office casts doubt on patenting of a tomato breed

The technical board of appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has decided to refer a decision on the legality of a patent on a tomato breed (riddled tomato) to the enlarged board of appeal, raising doubts about the legality of this patent. While the decision does not yet mean the patent (EP 1211...


ACTA and access to medicines

A study by Sean Flynn and Bijan Madhani, commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament commissioned this analysis of potential impacts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on access to medicines in developing countries.” On the whole, ACTA negotiators created an agreement that shifts international “hard law” rule...


Creation and Copyright in the Digital Era

A Greens/EFA position paper

With the digital technologies and the Internet, the production, dissemination, access and use of cultural productions changed greatly during the past 20 years. We believe these transformations must be seized as opportunities to increase access to cultural productions for all while finding sustainable ways to improve the financing of creation and the status of those who are creating, creators and artists.

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Does ACTA violate fundamental rights?


Video of the press conference/study launch

There are very real concerns that the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement violates fundamental rights. The press conference presented a new study that underlines these concerns, with study author Prof. Douwe Korff and Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht.

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ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement

New study underlines rights concerns with ACTA, strengthens calls for deal to be scrapped

A new study on the compatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) with the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, commissioned by the Greens/EFA group, was presented in the European Parliament today. The study underlines concerns that the ACTA ...

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Extension de la durée des droits d'auteur de 50 à 70 ans

vers l'accaparement du domaine public?

Ce lundi et malgré les objections de huit pays*, les ministres des affaires européennes de l'UE ont prolongé la protection des droits des interprètes et producteurs d'enregistrements musicaux de 20 ans dans l'Union européenne, la faisant passer de 50 à 70 ans après l'enregistre...


The future of copyright in the digital era


A Greens/EFA hearing

The digital era and digital technologies have raised new questions for copyright and intellectual property. How can these tools, which are aimed at stimulating and rewarding innovation, be adapted in a transformed environment? This hearing will address this and other questions. (

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Medical innovation prizes instead of monopolies


A Greens/EFA Conference.

This conference will bring together policy makers, experts, and representatives from civil society, industry and patient organisations to discuss new models for innovation in the biomedical sector.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Centre-right MEPs write blank cheque on ACTA; vote threatens civil liberties in EU

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was finalised last week. Green MEPs criticised the resolution, which was passed by a narrow centre-right majority, as ignoring the real concerns with ACTA. After the vote, Green civil liberti...


Intellectual property enforcement

EP votes fails to respond to the changed reality of intellectual property

The European Parliament today voted to adopt a non-legislative resolution on intellectual property enforcement in the EU (*). The Greens/EFA group (which had co-sponsored an alternative resolution that failed to pass) voted against the final resolution, as it failed to distinguish between counterfei...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 20-24 September 2010

Priorities for a busy session include new EU laws on European financial supervision, security of gas supply, biocides and medicinal products. Readmission agreements, aviation emissions, biodiversity protection and IP enforcement also feature as highlights.

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Greens call for ACTA transparency

The Greens/ EFA group yesterday adopted an urgent appeal for transparency in the negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). With this action, the Greens/EFA protest against the decision by ACTA negotiators to keep a new version of the draft treaty secret after the 9th negotiatio...