Seeds Worth More Than Gold: Plant Breeders Are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions

By | MoFo Tech | November 25, 2014
Seeds Worth More Than Gold: Plant Breeders Are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions

Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn technology. Among her alleged techniques: smuggling bioengineered corn seed in boxes of microwave popcorn packed in luggage to Beijing, and conspiring with insiders to steal genetic sequencing for the seeds.

Understanding the EU Consumers Rights Directive

Reports in 2013 about online business transactions across EU national borders revealed some disturbing facts. According to the 2013 Flash Eurobarometer reports (nos. 358 and 359, 2013), retailer and consumer attitudes regarding cross-border transactions were similar: only 36 percent of European consumers felt confident enough to make cross-border online purchases, while an alarming 40 percent of retailers felt that compliance with the varying national consumer protection rules would be too costly for business.