As farmers face increasing challenges, we aim to find better ways of making our products and technologies more accessible to plant breeders and growers around the world. By doing so we help ensure that companies, both large and small, can develop the diverse crop varieties required to grow more from less. We recognize that obtaining licenses can be a lengthy and costly process, especially for small companies. Our e-licensing system TraitAbility is an efficient, facilitated licensing process that enables breeders, companies and public research institutes to access many of our most important plant-related innovations.
TraitAbility provides straightforward access to our traits in vegetables under fair, transparent and standard terms. No negotiation is necessary, reducing transactional costs and maximizing potential value capture through increased out-licensing and/or access to complementary IP rights. The use for research, breeding and development is free. Licensees only pay a reasonable compensation if products are commercialized in countries where patents exist.
In addition to its e-licensing initiative, Syngenta is a founding member of the International Licensing Platform Vegetables (ILP) a Patent Clearing House for vegetable breeding traits and varieties, launched in November 2014. This platform facilitates the quick and efficient licensing of vegetable breeding traits under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. ILP has broad support in the industry: the current members represent more than 50% of the vegetable seed market. Furthermore, approximately 60% of all patents are already committed to participate. The ILP is not an e-licensing, but an open licensing platform.