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Benoît Battistelli , President, European Patent Office ( EPO) : Cancel the Patent Right a Dutch Company took on the process of Teff product

 Benoît Battistelli , President, European Patent Office ( EPO) : Cancel the Patent Right a Dutch Company took on the process of Teff product
  
  

 


Why this is important

By way of a background, a 2005 agreement between Ethiopia and the Dutch company HPFI gave HPFI access to 12 Ethiopian teff varieties, which it was to use for developing new teff-based products for the European market. In return, the company was to share substantial benefits with Ethiopia.

But the high expectations were never met: The only benefits Ethiopia ever received were 4000 Euro and a small, early interrupted research project.

And then, in 2009, the company went bankrupt. In the years prior to bankruptcy, however, HPFI managed to obtain a broad patent on the processing of teff flour in Europe, covering ripe grain, as well as fine flour, dough, batter and non-traditional teff products. This patent, along with other values of the company, had then been transferred to new companies set up by the same owners.
Here is the full report: http://www.fni.no/news/121112.html
This is important because Teff and its entire value chain of production has been owned by the Ethiopian peasant farmers for thousands of years.



Posted February 5, 2015
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