Monsanto Wins 12-Year Patent Interference Dispute At USPTO

Law360, New York (October 5, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled in Monsanto Company’s favor in the agrochemical company’s 12-year patent interference dispute against German researchers over a key technology used in genetically modifying plants.

The decision recounts the basis for finding that Monsanto was the first company to invent agrobacterium transformation in dicot plants, which eventually gave farmers the choice to use biotech crops on their farms, Monsanto said.

Agrobacterium is one of the ways to insert beneficial characteristics into plants. Monsanto's Bollgard insect-protected cotton was developed using...
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