Breeding

Danish potato trader found guilty in illegal import of minitubers

Breeders Trust, the organization that defends the Plant Breeders’ Rights of 10 leading European potato breeders, won a lawsuit earlier this month against the Danish potato export and trading company Myco Seed A/S located in Give (Denmark).

The Danish court in Kolding has ruled that Myco Seed A/S has infringed the Plant Breeders’ Rights of 3 varieties in Denmark belonging to the Dutch potato breeders Agrico and HZPC. 

Myco Seed A/S has been ordered to pay damages caused by the infringement, destruction of the remaining stock and to compensate the costs related to the seizure of evidence and and partly the legal costs. 

Geert Staring, general director of the Brussels-based Breeders Trust, is content with the verdict. ‘Against infringement of Breeders’ Rights, however large or small, we act and will not be tolerated’. 

In this case, in 2017, imports from Spain of at least 10.000 mini-tubers of 3 potato varieties protected by Danish national Plant Breeders’ Rights were found to have been imported illegally by Myco Seed A/S and subsequently used for commercial production and propagation in Denmark.

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