High Court To Weigh Patent Exhaustion In Monsanto Seed Case

Law360, New York (October 5, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case over how the doctrine of patent exhaustion applies to self-replicating technology like Monsanto Co.'s Roundup Ready soybean seeds, in a case in which a farmer was found to have infringed the patents on the seeds by planting them.

Vernon Bowman, who purchased Roundup Ready seeds from a grain elevator and planted them, argued in his cert petition that the Federal Circuit had erroneously refused to find that Monsanto's rights were exhausted, even after an authorized...
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