Monsanto, Syngenta Locked In Biotech Patent Battle

Law360, New York (July 29, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. and Swiss rival Syngenta AG are locked in a broadening battle over patents for biotech corn seeds, with each company filing lawsuits against the other in the past two days.

On Wednesday, Syngenta filed an antitrust lawsuit against Monsanto, one day after Monsanto accused Syngenta in court of breach of contract and patent infringement.

Syngenta’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, targets what the company called Monsanto's U.S. monopoly on biotech corn seed.

The lawsuit...
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