Justices Side With Monsanto On Patented Seeds

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto Co.'s patents on herbicide-resistant soybean plants by replanting seeds, striking down his argument that the agribusiness giant had exhausted its control of the genetically modified seeds.

Penned by Justice Elena Kagan, the hotly anticipated ruling said the exhaustion doctrine — which states that patent holders cannot control or prohibit the use of an invention after an authorized sale — didn't give Vernon Bowman the right to reproduce and replant Monsanto's patented Roundup Ready...
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