Innovation & Intellectual Property

Innovation in plant breeding has delivered phenomenal benefits to society, including improved quality of seeds, higher productivity of crops, increased farmer incomes, lower food prices, and reductions in, energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Intellectual property protection, including plant variety protection rights (PVPs) and patents, helps drive innovation for more productive and sustainable seeds by providing an incentive to innovators to take entrepreneurial risks that, if successful, benefit us all.


IP for Vegetarians: Soybean crops

For over 3,000 years soybeans have been part of diets across southeast Asia and, in many countries, an essential part of their culture. In recent decades though, this versatile crop has exploded in production and expanded to new corners of the world.


IP for Farmers & Consumers: rapeseed

Rapeseed, also known as canola, has been cultivated around the world for four thousand years.


IP in agricultural innovation: rice

Rice is the second-most widely consumed crop on the planet, providing an essential food supply to  nearly 3.5 billion people each year.


Intellectual Property in the Public Sector

The public sector also use IP to ensure the hard work of their research teams is protected and rewarded. Some of the most revolutionary inventions of the past century — from MP3s to insulin drugs — were developed and patented by the public sector. More on


Helping Farmers Grow

New technologies over the past century, from tractors to biotech crops, have provided growers with the tools needed to sustainably meet the needs of our growing population while protecting the world around us. More on


IP by numbers: infographic

Why do ideas matter? Take a look at infographics and videos from Ideas Matter


Intellectual Property In our Daily Lives

In our modern world, IP touches and improves every aspect of our lives. It rewards innovators for turning ideas, from a better cup of coffee to a more energy efficient car, into the technologies that sustain and enhance our world. More on


IP Makes the World a Sweeter Place 

Biotech sugarbeets are one of the fastest adopted farm technologies in history. Today, 20% of sugar produced around the globe comes from a rustic crop that is often mistaken for common root vegetables: the sugarbeet!


IP: Good for your heart! 

Learn more about this work and how IP has helped make it possible by downloading the ''IP In Ag Innovation Series: Sunflowers'' infographic.


How Crops are Genetically Modified?

The infographic presents four main ways in which crops have been genetically modified by humans: traditional breeding, mutagenesis, RNA interference and transgenics.


Public Attitudes to Science - UK Survey

Public Attitudes to Science 2014 is the fifth in a series of studies looking at attitudes to science, scientists and science policy among the UK public. It shows that the UK public are as enthusiastic about science as they ever have been.


GM Science Update: A Report to the UK Council for Science and Technology

This paper considers the recent developments in the science of GM crops since the Royal Society published its report ‘Reaping the Benefits – Sustainable Intensification of Global Agriculture’ in 2009.


What is Intellectual Property?

Simon Dack, Intellectual Property Lawyer in Amsterdam, Netherlands explains what intellectual property, trademarks, copyrights and patents are, and how it all relates to agriculture. More on


EASAC: Planting the Future

Agriculture faces major challenges to deliver food security at a time of increasing pressures. The new EU legislation requiring farmers to reduce reliance on crop protection chemicals creates additional challenges for maintaining levels of crop productivity.


Arctic® Apple 24 Hour Time-Lapse

Compare a sliced nonbrowning Arctic® Golden and a conventional Golden Delicious over a 24 hour time-lapse and see the difference for yourself !


The Socio-Economic Impacts of Currently Commercialised Genetically Engineered Crops

This review summarises the results of the literature on the broader set of socio-economic impacts of genetically engineered crops.


Making Sense of GM

Sense about Science: In the guide scientists and agriculturalists explain what is the genetic modification of plants and why scientists are doing it, putting GM into the context of developing plant breeding. 

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