European Patent Office Upholds Monsanto's Roundup Patent

Law360, New York (April 8, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a decision that could have wide repercussions for farmers around the world, the European Patent Office has ruled that Monsanto Co. has the right to patent herbicide-resistant seeds in Europe.

A spokesman for the office said the patent has, in principle, been confirmed with only a minor technical limitation.

“Our patent judges have decided that the Monsanto patent doesn't violate European patent law,” spokesman Rainer Osterwalder said, according to newswire reports.

Right of appeal against had now expired, although in theory special appeals could be...
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