Monsanto Seed Strategy Pits Antitrust Against Patents

Law360, New York (April 6, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT) -- Agribusiness giant Monsanto Co.'s licensing of genetically modified seed products has sparked an increasingly volatile debate about how best to balance patent rights with antitrust concerns, experts say.

At issue is Monsanto's licensing of its patented Roundup Ready seed technology, which includes a gene that makes crops resistant to Roundup herbicide. The Roundup Ready innovation is used widely — particularly in soybeans, where Roundup Ready technology is used in 90 percent of the U.S. soybean crop — since the company licenses the technology to a variety...
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