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FC5 Potato patent issue UPSC NOTE


  • PepsiCo supplies the FC5 seed variety to farmers who sell their produce to the company. 

  • The variety has lower moisture content suitable for making potato chips.

  • PepsiCo claims it exclusively developed and registered the FC5 variety in 2016.

  • In 2019, PepsiCo sued Indian farmers for cultivating the FC5 variety, alleging patent infringement. 

  • The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority revoked PepsiCo's patent for the FC5 potato variety, stating that India's rules don't allow patents on seed varieties.

  • But court rejected PepsiCo Inc.'s appeal against the revocation of a patent for a potato variety used in Lay's potato chips.

  • The revocation came after a farmers' rights activist argued that PepsiCo couldn't claim a patent over a seed variety.

  • PepsiCo filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court against the revocation of the patent.

  • However, the company later withdrew the lawsuits, and the Delhi High Court didn't find any public interest violation by PepsiCo.

  • It is turned down by Delhi High Court



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: FC5 Potato patent issue UPSC NOTE
FC5 Potato patent issue UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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