EU High Court Limits Monsanto Soybean Patent

Law360, New York (July 6, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court determined Tuesday that Monsanto Co.'s patent for Roundup Ready soybeans does not extend to imports of Argentine soy meal that contain traces of patented plant materials, and generally limited the scope of DNA patents for biotechnology.

Sticking close to recommendations made by its legal adviser in March, the European Court of Justice found that Monsanto's European patent for the genetically modified legumes can only be relied on when the plant is performing the function for which the patent was issued....
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