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DuPont Sues Monsanto Over Seed Production Technique (Updated)

8:29 AM MDT | October 21, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

DuPont says it has filed suit against Monsanto, alleging its competitor infringed a 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.  The complaint also points out that Monsanto currently...

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