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December 21, 2018

December 18, Albrighton - The Austin family has announced the passing of David C.H. Austin, the founder of David Austin Roses Ltd. The famed garden rose breeder and the green industry veteran, David Snr. died peacefully at his home in Shropshire aged 92.

For over 75 years David's dedication to roses brought fragrance and beauty to gardens all over the wo...

December 13, 2018

December 12, Washington, D.C. - the long-anticipated $867 billion US Farm Bill (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018)  has been passed by the US Congress. The law provides for a broad set of measures for agriculture and beyond, including a major amendment to the US Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA), which will henceforth extend the US Plant Variety Prote...

December 13, 2018

December 5, Munich - In a recent decision regarding a pepper plant application, the EPO Board of Appeal held that Rule 28 (2) EPC was in conflict with Article 53 (b) of the European Patent Convention (EPC), hence reinforcing the interpretation provided by the Enlarged Board of Appeal in cases G 2/12 and G 2/13 (Broccoli II and Tomato II) in 2015.

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December 12, 2018

October 2, Munich - the European Patent Office ("EPO") upheld the European patent EP 2 384 110 of Carlsberg Breweries A/S and Heineken Supply Chain B.V., relating to a barley plant with reduced lipoxygenase (LOX) activity and beverage prepared therefrom, having an increased flavour stability. The barley plants have been obtained from a process comprising...

ABSTRACT: While medicinal marijuana has been legal in Canada for some time, recreational marijuana has only recently been legalized. In this article, we discuss the ways in which the new Cannabis regime may affect the Canadian Plant Breeders’ Rights system. More specifically, we review the process of applying for Plant Breeders’ Rights and identify certai...

December 11, 2018

November 30, Buenos Aires - On the fringes of the G20 Summit held in Argentina, the US, Mexico, and Canada officially signed a new trilateral trade agreement, known as the USMCA.  The Agreement is supposed to replace and “modernize” NAFTA that has been in force in 1994.

 Photo: by Jorge Aguilar on Unsplash

Regardless of whether the USMCA will be a hit or...

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