How Monsanto Applies To Nonagricultural Biotechnology

Law360, New York (May 23, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT) -- The facts behind the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. are simple enough. Farmers are able to buy soybeans containing Monsanto's patented glyphosate resistance technology under a license that permits them to plant and grow one generation of crops. Vernon Bowman skirted this program, however, by purchasing commodity soybeans from a grain elevator knowing that the seeds would nonetheless likely contain the very same Monsanto technology. He then planted the seeds, raised crops, and saved seeds from these crops to plant new crops.

The Supreme Court held that Bowman's actions infringed Monsanto's patents because unlicensed growth of...

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