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Monsanto wins landmark patent case

10:41 AM MDT | May 13, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Monsanto in a landmark intellectual property case involving reuse of genetically modified seeds.   The case, Bowman v. Monsanto, involved an Indiana grower who purchased Roundup Ready soybean seeds on the commodity market and used them to cultivate soybean crops for 8 years. The grower, Vernon Bowman, argued that US law protects Monsanto’s patent rights only for first-generation use of the seed trait, and that reuse of Monsanto’s seeds does not require a license because the seeds were purchased legally...

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