Supreme Court upholds Monsanto patent in unanimous ruling

05/13/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Monsanto soybean-seed patents were violated by an Indiana farmer who grew beans from existing soybeans rather than purchasing new seeds, the Supreme Court decided in a unanimous ruling. The court rejected farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman's claims that Monsanto's patent on the seeds, which are resistant to the company's herbicide Roundup, extended only to the sale of the first crop of genetically modified beans planted. The court declined, however, to extend the ruling to other nanotechnologies and self-replicating technologies, choosing instead to address "the situation before us," said Justice Elena Kagan.

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