Monsanto Sues Syngenta Over Patent For Gene Modified Corn

Law360, New York (May 13, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Agribusiness Monsanto Co. has filed a lawsuit against Swiss rival Syngenta AG for patent infringement, seeking to bar Syngenta from using technology used in producing a popular genetically modified corn.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Delaware, centers on what Monsanto called its "fundamental technique" used in producing glyphosate-tolerant plants, namely corn.

“In pursuing commercialization of GA21(R) corn, Syngenta is in violation of Patent No. 4,940,835, which covers genes and vectors conferring glyphosate resistance in plants,” Monsanto said.

The suit asks the court...
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