Seeds: Patents

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU rulings on the patenting of seeds will apply in the UK after Brexit.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Existing EU law relating to the patentability of plants will be retained after we leave the EU by virtue of the EU Withdrawal Act 2018. UK courts may choose to have regard to future EU case law once we leave the EU.

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