Addressing Myth: IP Hinders Innovation

Dr. Marnix Perferoen, entrepreneur and CEO of Agrosafve, a small, innovative agriculture company, is often asked, “Doesn’t intellectual property hinder innovation for you?” Marnix busts this myth with a simple reply. More on

How do Patents Create Value?

Patents help inventors protect their work and knowledge, but what does this essential tool offer the rest of us? Eric Claassen, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Amsterdam Free University, explains.

Julie Girling, Member of the European Parliament

MEP Julie Girling worries about the position of Europe’s biotech industry and farmers, endangered by its out-of-date regulatory regime.

How is Intellectual Property All Around Us?

Eric Claassen, professor at the Amsterdam Free University, explores where intellectual property can be seen -- from our cars to our phones -- in our daily lives. More on

Why is IP important?

Dirk Visser, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Leiden University, explains the importance of IP to create the products that enrich our lives. More on

Addressing Myth: Intellectual Property is Unethical?

Dirk Visser, Intellectual Property Professor at Leiden University, explains how IP provides a proper reward for innovators and Simon Dack, Intellectual Property Lawyer, explains the strict rules that ensure this reward only goes to ethical inventions. More on

How does IP Help SMEs Grow?

Willem Van Weperen, the CEO of toBBB, a pharmaceutical company in the Netherlands explains how intellectual property has helped his company develop from two people in a lab to a company that supports 22 jobs and is continuing to grow. More on

Does a Patent Allow you to Take a Product to Market?

Even though a patent provides an exclusive right to put a new invention into practice, alone it does not allow an inventor to take a product to market. Simon Dack, IP Lawyer in Amsterdam, Netherlands breaks down this popular myth. More on

Addressing Myth: IP is Just for Large Companies?

Johan Cardoen, of the public Flemish Institute of Biotechnology, and Willem Van Weperen, CEO of toBBB, a small pharmaceutical company, are here to dispel this myth. More on

Jack Bobo, US Department of State

Agricultural biotechnology is critically important for both the US and Europe. Consumers are not yet aware how much this technology is being used in the feed and food supplies today, including for the production of wine, beer and cheese.

What are Plant Variety Protection Rights?

Developing new conventional and biotech seeds is becoming increasingly challenging. The process is becoming longer and more costly, and innovators are using Plant Variety Protection rights to ensure their investment is protected. More on

How does Intellectual Property Drive Economic Growth

"Intellectual Property is THE driver of economic growth" explains Eric Claasen, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Amsterdam Free University in the Netherlands.

How does IP Help Create New Start-up Companies?

Public sector institutions use intellectual property (IP) to take the incredible innovations developed in their research labs to the market.

What is Patent Licensing?

Patent licensing is an essential element of our intellectual property system, which allows a patent holder to create agreements for sharing their intellectual property with others. More on

Orange juice threatened

The "citrus greening" disease is threatening the orange industry and our breakfast OJ. Is genetic modification the answer?

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

Addressing Myth: IP is Just for the Private Sector?

IP is used by more than just the private sector. Dr Johan Cardoen, Managing Director of the public Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, explains that without IP, “this would have simply not been possible.” More on

How would weaker IP hurt the public & private sectors?

Dr Johan Cardeon of the Public Flemish Institute of Biotechnology and Dr Marnix Peferoen, CEO of the SME AgroSavfe explain that if IP protections were weaker, their sectors would both struggle to develop and deliver new products. More on

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.

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. More here

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.

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.

Food and You: A Guide To Modern Agricultural Biotechnology

New and innovative techniques will be required to improve the production and efficiency of the global agriculture sector to ensure an ample supply of healthy food.

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.

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 genitically engineered crops.

Future of biotechnology and innovation of agriculture: Europe has to take a clear decision

Highlights from  the IV International Meeting "Biotechnology and Agriculture: the Future is
Now" about the use of agro-biotech in Portugal and Europe.

Prof. Calestous Juma, Belfer Center, Harvard

What is your solution for feeding the world? Calestous Juma's bet is on technological innovations in agriculture. 

IP by numbers: infographic

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

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.

European Inventor Award 2014

Every year the European Inventor Award brings together some of the world's brightest innovators, as well as leading figures from business, politics, media and the sciences. 

What is the Innovation Cycle?

Bart Lambert, Research Manager at Bayer CropScience, explains how this process works and the role of intellectual property in maintaining and supporting the innovation cycle. More on

What is a Patent?

Simon Dack, Intellectual Property Lawyer in Amsterdam, Netherlands explains what a patent is and how they are used in agriculture. More on