High Court Could Limit Patent Rights In Monsanto Case

Law360, New York (February 11, 2013, 7:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that will set the law on when a patent owner loses the right to enforce patents on self-replicating technology such as Monsanto Co.'s controversial Roundup Ready soybean seeds, and could undercut patent protection in a number of industries, attorneys say.

Farmer Vernon Bowman is appealing a decision that he infringed Monsanto's patents by purchasing second-generation seeds and planting them. He claims Monsanto's rights in the seeds were exhausted by the initial sale, while Monsanto said he...
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