The Patent Wars

The Patent Wars

Did you know that you can patent colours, numbers, plants and animals – and that 20% of your genes are patented and owned by private corporations? In a creative investigation, filmmaker Hannah Leonie Prinzler uncovers who profits from intellectual property, and who bears the economic and social consequences.

Documentary, 2014, HD, 52 & 80mins

Written, directed & edited by: Hannah Leonie Prinzler
Director of Photography: Rasmus Sievers
Music: Lars Löhn, Felix Raffel
Animation & Title Graphics: Judith Holzer
Story Consultant: Christian Schidlowski
Editing Supervisors: Regina Bärtschi, Barbara Toennieshen
Sound Design: Kai Storck
Re-Recording Mixer: Sascha Heiny
Producers: Katrin Springer, Volker Ullrich
Commissioning Editor: Kathrin Brinkmann

produced by Filmkantine UG in coproduction with ZDF in cooperation with ARTE supported by nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH developed at the Documentary Campus Masterschool 2010 world sales: Global Screen

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A compelling documentary about an universal subject of modern societies with unexpected insights. (Mostra Jury Statement)

An aesthetically sophisticated doc. If you don’t watch that film you should blame yourself! (

With a dose of humor, good pace and style THE PATENT WARS brings the viewer in contact with an unknown universe. A must see! (Almanaque Virtual)

A thrilling film! (Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung)