Syngenta e-licensing heralds new era for sharing of plant science innovation

 Syngenta e-licensing heralds new era for sharing of plant science innovation

- Easy, internet-based access to key patented technologies

- Fair, reasonable and transparent terms for all

- Free use for academic and non-profit organizations

PR Newswire

BASEL, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2013

BASEL, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Syngenta today launched a
landmark e-licensing platform to provide plant breeders and research
institutes around the world with quick and easy access to patented native
traits from its commercial vegetable varieties.

The global internet-based platform also offers access to patented enabling
technologies, which help breeders with gene expression, plant transformation
and protein targeting as they develop high-yielding varieties.

Syngenta's Head of Business Development, Robert Berendes, said: "We are proud
to be able to make our patented native traits and enabling technologies more
accessible than ever before. Our e-licensing platform will help accelerate
innovation in agriculture so that growers – large and small – can increase
productivity in the face of challenges such as climate change and scarce
natural resources."

All academic and non-profit organizations can make free use of the available
traits and technologies for R&D purposes and can distribute the resulting
products in developing countries free of charge.

Creating new varieties with desirable combinations of plant characteristics
requires extensive breeding expertise and long-term R&D investment. Patents
play an important role in incentivizing research. However, plant breeders have
traditionally been challenged by the complex, costly and time-consuming
process of obtaining licenses to patented technology. Syngenta has addressed
this issue by offering standard licenses under fair, reasonable and
non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. There are also no lengthy and complex
negotiations as licenses can be secured via the internet-based platform.

To access Syngenta's e-licensing system, please visit:

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 26,000
employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant
potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to
our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment
and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please
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