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Farmers and Consumers Benefit from Intellectual Property


08 Dec 2015


Agriculture & Food
Health & Consumers
Trade & Society

Brussels, 8 December 2015 – “European farmers need science and technology to stay competitive,” said MEP Paul Rübig, host of EuropaBio’s event on the benefits from patent protection on plant-related inventions, which took place today in the framework of the 7thEuropean Innovation Summit. “To bring innovative agricultural products to the market, public institutions and private companies, including SMEs, need intellectual property protection,” added Rübig.

Modern plant breeding allows us to develop more productive, efficient and environmentally friendly plant varieties, which benefit farmers, consumers and the environment. The benefits are clearly demonstrated by a recent study on Ogura, a ground breaking technology developed by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) that allows the production of higher-yielding varieties of oilseed rape. The study found that in France alone, Ogura had been adopted by 83% of farmers and generated an estimated EUR 1.0 billion, 75% of which went to farmers and consumers.

“This study clearly shows that farmers and consumers are benefiting most from intellectual property,” said Beat Späth, director for agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio. “Moreover, it is essential to the innovation circle in which innovators invest decades and millions of euros on research and development and require a return on that investment,” added Späth.




For media inquiries, please contact:

Katarzyna Jasik

Communications Manager Green Biotechnology Europe, EuropaBio

Telephone: +32 2 739 11 85

Mobile: +32 478 88 79 08



·         Who benefits from intellectual property rights for agricultural innovation? The Case of Ogura Oilseed Rape in France, November 2014, updated in November 2015

·         EuropaBio Position Paper on the Biotech Patent Directive and the Protection of Plant-related Biotechnological Inventions, November 2015

·         EuropaBio Brochure, Biotechnology: How intellectual property rights promote innovation and create economic and societal value, January 2014

·         IP52 Making Sense of Intellectual Property, videos and infographics by CropLife International

About EuropaBio:

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, promotes an innovative and dynamic European biotechnology industry. EuropaBio and its members are committed to the socially responsible use of biotechnology to improve quality of life, to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases, to improve the quality and quantity of food and feedstuffs and to move towards a biobased and zero-waste economy. EuropaBio represents 77 corporate and associate members and bio regions, and 16 national biotechnology associations in turn representing over 1800 biotech SMEs.