Generic plant protection product are products that are manufactured after the expiration of a patent or other exclusive rights, by a company that did not hold the original patent, and without (the need for) a license from the original patent holder. Generic products are developed, authorised, manufactured and marketed under the same strict rules and requirements as the “original” products.
Generic products fulfil the same quality requirements, but are often cheaper than the original brand-name products. Generic manufacturers often develop their own proprietary technology with a generic active ingredient, such as a patented formulation or mixture. Generic products are often referred to as “off-patent products”.