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Statement on Guatemala

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In 2006, the Republic of Guatemala applied for accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). On June 10, Guatemala’s Congress approved the new legislation (the Law of Protection of New Varieties), which was published on June 26 as Decree 19-2014 in the country’s Official Diary. This new law protects the intellectual right to breed, discover or develop a new plant variety.

Since its approval, various groups and organizations have declared their opposition and disagreement with the new legislation. They have even named it the “Monsanto Law,” implying that Monsanto has been its principal promoter and beneficiary.

We are not. We have always respected the independence of the legislative process of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala.

It is important to highlight that neither UPOV nor the national legislation is unique to Monsanto or any other company or organization.

Update: On Sept. 4, Guatemala’s Congress voted to repeal the law. A decree corresponding to this decision is expected to be published in the Official Diary by Sept. 25.

Spanish:

COMUNICADO OFICIAL

Con relación a la información publicada en distintos medios de comunicación de Guatemala respecto a la aprobación de la Ley para la Protección de Obtenciones Vegetales, la empresa informa lo siguiente:

En 2006, Guatemala solicitó su adhesión al Acuerdo de la Unión Internacional para la Protección de las Obtenciones Vegetales (UPOV).  El 10 de junio pasado fue aprobada en el Congreso de la República de Guatemala la nueva legislación, misma que fue publicada en el Diario Oficial el 26 de junio a través del Decreto 19-2014.

Esta nueva ley protege el derecho intelectual para la creación, descubrimiento o puesta a punto de una variedad vegetal nueva. A partir de su aprobación, diversos grupos y organizaciones han manifestado su oposición y desacuerdo a la nueva legislación, incluso denominándola  “Ley Monsanto”, y señalando que nuestra empresa ha sido el principal promotor y beneficiaria de ella.

Monsanto rechaza cualquier acusación referente a la interferencia en la elaboración y aprobación de dicha ley. Nuestra empresa ha sido siempre respetuosa de la independencia y el proceso legislativo del Congreso de la República de Guatemala.

Es importante destacar que ni UPOV ni la legislación nacional son exclusivas de Monsanto o cualquier otra empresa u organización.

1 Responses to "Statement on Guatemala"

  1. I would guess since they are so against this bill, that they are stealing intellectual property from lots of sources, not only Monsanto. This type of activity really cuts down research funds for all the rest of us who pay our fees happily for the right to use these seed products. This also allows the thieves in these countries to compete against legitimate farmers unfairly.
    I firmly believe in UPOV and plant breeders rights. Without these types of intellectual property protection, new crop varieties wil be slow in development, if they come at all.

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