Ontario to Intervene In Monsanto Patent Lawsuit

Law360, New York (October 12, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ontario plans to intervene in the Supreme Court dispute over gene patents between Monsanto and Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser, the Canadian Press reported.

Monsanto sued Schmeiser for allegedly growing herbicide-resistant canola in violation of its patent of the gene. Monsanto won in two lower-court decisions but Schmeiser is appealing to the Supreme Court.

Schmeiser argues that no one can patent genes, since they are natural life forms rather than human inventions. Ontario argues that a gene molecule is patentable but not the genetic information contained in...
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