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Govt revoked Patent acquired by Pepsico for FC5 variety of potato

Pepsico loses patent rights over their FC5 Variety of potatoes used for Lay’s Chips manufacturing. The company recently sued a set of Gujarat farmers for cultivating FC5 variety potatoes.

Why Patent revoked for Pepsico’s FC5 Potato Variety?

A Farmer’s rights activist Kavitha Kuruganti, made a petition to PPVFR Authority for revocation of patent rights granted to Pepsico’s FC5 potato variety, arguing that seed varieties cannot be patented in India as per the Intellectual Property rules in India. After Scrutinization, PPVFR Authorities cancelled the Patent rights over Pepscio’s FC5 variety.