US Tells High Court To Reject Monsanto Seed Patent Case

Law360, New York (August 30, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT) -- The federal government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a case over how the doctrine of patent exhaustion applies to Monsanto Co.'s Roundup Ready soybean seeds, arguing a lower court correctly found that a farmer infringed the patents on the seeds by planting them.

In his appeal, farmer Vernon Bowman, who purchased resold Roundup Ready seeds and planted them, maintains that Monsanto lost its patent rights on the herbicide-resistant seeds by allowing them to be resold. The exhaustion doctrine states that a patentee...
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