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Current press release

Huge success for animal welfare coalition and environmental organisations

The European Patent Office (EPO) has for ethical reasons now declared two patents on genetically engineered chimpanzees to be no longer valid. All claims on genetically engineered animals have to be removed from the patents concerned. The Technical Board of Appeal at the EPO decided in favour of oppositions and appeals filed by a broad coalition of animal welfare and environmental organisations. European patent law prohibits patents on the genetic engineering of animals if it is likely to cause animal suffering.


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Further press releases

04 March 2020
First scientific review of risks due to offspring of GE plants persisting in natural populations
20 February 2020
Case brought before the German Federal patent court and opposition filed at European Patent Office
16 January 2020
Results of an international research project to be presented in Berlin
17 December 2019
Data presented for the approval process are not representative of the imported products
14 November 2019
EFSA confirms: available data are insufficient to assess risks of herbicide resistant plants