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DuPont Sues Monsanto for Alleged Infringement on Seed Production Technique

10:59 AM MDT | October 25, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

DuPont says it has filed suit against Monsanto, alleging Monsanto infringed on DuPont's patent-protected seed production technique that “increases seed corn vigor to improve germination under stress.” According to the complaint, the patent specifically covers defoliation at a particular stage in development—after pollination but before harvest. "Physical observation" of Monsanto's fields at Constantine, MI indicate the field was defoliated within the time period covered by the patent, DuPont says.  The complaint also says Monsanto...


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