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Monsanto Wins Patent Interference Vs. Dow Chemical

Law360 (February 4, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled that scientists from agricultural biotech company Monsanto Co. were the first to invent a technology for protection of plants against insect damage, ending an eight-year dispute with a unit of Dow Chemical.

In a 200-page decision, the USPTO’s Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences ccluded that Monsanto invented the the technology for synthetic "Bt" genes in plants, dealing a blow to Mycogen Seeds, now a Dow AgroSciences unit.

The patent interference issue was originally declared on Nov. 7,...
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