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Supreme Court ruling supports Monsanto's patent infringement lawsuits

Posted: January 15, 2014 |   Comments

( On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto, throwing out a lawsuit brought against the evil biotech company by a group of organic and conventional farmers, seed companies and public advocacy interests. The suit was a preemptive attempt to prohibit Monsanto from suing farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated by the company's genetically modified crops.

The group had previously asked Monsanto to pledge not to sue in such instances, to which the company replied: "A blanket covenant not to sue any present or future member of petitioners' organizations would enable virtually anyone to commit intentional infringement."

"Monsanto never has and has committed it never will sue if our patented seed or traits are found in a farmer's field as a result of inadvertent means," Kyle McClain, the company's chief litigation counsel, claimed.

Monsanto has sued more than 100 farmers for infringing its patents, including Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer whose fields have been contaminated twice by the company's RoundUp Ready Canola.

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