Argentina Bids For E.U. Help In Monsanto Roundup Row

Law360, New York (March 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A long-running feud between biotech giant Monsanto Co. and Argentina over royalty payments on genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans has reached a boiling point, prompting the country to solicit intervention by the European Commission.

In its bid to assert its patent rights on Roundup Ready in Europe, the U.S.-based company has launched a legal campaign against soy importers in Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain and blocked six shipments of Argentine soymeal in the past year.

Last month, Argentine export groups criticized Monsanto for halting the shipments...
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