Exploitation of DuRPh results

DuRPh is a project that mainly contains scientific efforts. In this domain we expect most of the results. A considerable proportion of its resources, however, are dedicated to communication and interaction with society about the project and its objectives.


What happens with the scientific results?

DuRPh researchers publish this knowledge in scientific journals, in professional journals for growers and in other easily accessible media. This knowledge is freely available.

What happens with intellectual property?

When possible and judged necessary researchers try to protect genes and background techniques. One of the methods we use is applying for patents. Genes isolated within DuRPh are patented by Wageningen UR.

Why patent?

Possessing patents allows Wageningen UR itself to determine when and by which companies, institutions or persons these isolated genes or techniques can be used to insert into potato genotypes for the development of new varieties.

Does everybody have access to this protected material?

Yes. Principally we foresee exploitation through non-exclusive licenses to avoid the possible creation of a monopoly by only one or a few parties. Such monopoly would jeopardize a wider use and e.g.  application by small and medium enterprises.

How about poor countries?

Wageningen UR is of the opinion that as many parties as possible should have access to the protected knowledge. In order to contribute to food supply and food security Wageningen UR applies a so called Humanitarian Use License. Under such license poor countries may get available resistance genes given certain circumstances and conditions, to introduce into local varieties.