Seed monopolists increasingly gaining market control

This research examines how patent applications and the granting of patents developed at the European Patent Office in 2010. It also examines how the EPO has dealt with other applications for patents on conventionally bred plants following the decision on the broccoli patent. The report shows a steadily increasing number of patent applications and patents granted at the Patent Office. According to the research some 250 applications were made in 2010 for patents on genetically modified plants, and another 100 on plants bred without using genetic engineering.