Driving innovation and progress through R&D collaboration.


The increasing level of segmentation in the vegetables market makes it impossible for one company to be competitive in all segments. Smart collaborations help us focus our joint research and development budgets on developing high-performing varieties with greater nutritional value and broader resistance to disease and abiotic stress.

R&D collaboration on genetics can work at different levels in the breeding process: exchanges can range from basic breeding material to finished varieties. The challenge is to create win-win collaborations in which genetics are combined or shared to push the boundaries in particular crop segments. Mutual beneficial deals can expand the current commercial footprint of successful varieties and even lead to exploring opportunities for new varieties.

Syngenta is looking for trustworthy partners willing to discuss such collaborations.

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A successful collaboration option is cross-licensing of commercial varieties. This allows each party to promote their varieties in specific territories of the world that are not covered by their own sales force, thereby expanding the market reach of successful varieties. Another win-win opportunity is created by cross-licensing at the pre-commercial level to ensure for both parties a rich pipeline of competitive varieties. 
In both scenarios, commercial or pre-commercial material is shared for evaluation and to be agreed royalties are due on the net sales of the licensed varieties.

Collaborative Breeding

Collaborative breeding includes test crossing of parental lines from different breeding programs to create strong co-hybrids.
The performance of these new co-hybrids are tested by the collaborating companies and commercial varieties are jointly selected for market introduction.
The commercializing company pays a royalty on the net sales of a commercialized co-hybrid.
Native traitability

Licensing Financial Terms


Native Traits Standard license terms for Native Traits allows the use of commercially available licensed traits for research, breeding and development of new varieties. Once a standard license has been granted, a licensee can directly access the licensed technology by incorporating the relevant commercial Syngenta variety into their breeding program. Standard license terms on the patent: Depending on the trait, a fixed royalty fee or a fee per unit of seed will apply for companies. 


When applicable, access to materials, know-how and a trademark license can be part of the agreement. Free access for not-for-profit organizations: Non-for-profit entities can access the traits for research purposes at no cost.



Members of the International Licensing Platform can obtain licenses on Native Trait patents from each other under standard licensing conditions. Through this TraitAbility website, Syngenta gives full transparency on its patented Native Traits in Vegetables to the entire plant breeding industry. 


At the same time, where appropriate, Syngenta offers its licensees bilateral additional value in the form of detailed know-how or access to materials that will facilitate faster adoption of the Native Traits in the breeding programs. We hope that TraitAbility combined with the ILP will further enhance collaboration, allowing the Vegetable industry to deliver products capable of meeting future demands for higher quality.