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Parties prepare for arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto

1:54 PM MST | February 4, 2013 | Kara Sissell

The Supreme Court next month will hear arguments in a landmark case that will determine intellectual property rights involving unauthorized reuse of Monsanto’s genetically modified seed traits. The case, Bowman v. Monsanto, involves an Indiana grower who purchased Roundup Ready seeds on the commodity market. The grower, Vernon Bowman, argues 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 since the seeds were purchased legally from a...


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