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Patents and plant breeders’ rights

The European Parliament (EP) has expressed its concern that recent decisions involving tomatoes and broccoli could lead to more patents being granted in respect of natural traits introduced into new varieties of plants by means of essentially biological processes such as crossing and selection and calls on the European Commission, among other things, to:

  • ensure legal clarity regarding the prohibition of the patentability of products obtained from essentially biological processes and clarify that breeding with biological material falling under the scope of a patent is permitted;
  • ensure that the EU will safeguard guaranteed access to, and use of, material obtained from essentially biological processes for plant breeding, in order, where applicable, not to interfere with practices guaranteeing breeders’ exemption; and
  • pursue the exclusion from patentability of essentially biological processes.

EU drone law

A British MEP has published a draft report on the safe use of drones.

The EU does not currently have any legislation on civil drone use and the European Parliament’s transport and tourism committee is due to vote on the report in September 2015.

The report notes the rapid growth in the use of drones during the last 15 years, particularly for recreational purposes, and says that the sector urgently needs a “global, harmonised and proportionate regulatory framework on a risk assessed basis, which avoids burdensome regulations for businesses that would deter investment and job creation”.

Draft regulation from the European Aviation Safety Agency is due to be published by the end of 2015.