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The farmer vs. Monsanto:
A Supreme Court showdown

St. Louis Post-Dispatch [MO], by Georgnia Gustin

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/19/2013 3:43:37 AM

When farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman walked into an Indiana courtroom four years ago to face off against biotechnology giant Monsanto Co., he argued in his own defense. Today, standing in the U.S. Supreme Court, Bowman, 75, will have a fleet of attorneys beside him — and the eyes of the business world on his case. The hearings bring the Creve Coeur-based company into the country’s highest court, and could have consequences that go well beyond the company’s interests, and beyond agriculture. In 2007, Monsanto sued Bowman, saying he infringed on its patent when he planted the offspring

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 2/19/2013 6:47:18 AM     (No. 9184334)

I fully expect the Supreme Court to make the decision to grant everlasting patent rights to giant corporations.

The first company to genetically modify humans will have patent rights on all their decedents.

Patient laws no longer encourage invention by individuals. Only people and corporations with **** loads of money to pay lawyers benefit from patents.

Inventors use to be considered heros. I bet you can´t name any living famous inventor.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/19/2013 7:08:06 AM     (No. 9184353)

#1, I think you´re right, except for the decedents part.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/19/2013 7:28:42 AM     (No. 9184376)

I suspect #1 meant descendant.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bubby, 2/19/2013 7:57:55 AM     (No. 9184432)

The Government including the courts are doing everything they can to destroy the family farm. We are destroying not only the greatest agricultural system ever developed but the greatest medical/healthcare system at the same time. There will be serious consequences down the road for such ignorant political destruction.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JimS, 2/19/2013 8:23:57 AM     (No. 9184459)

Seems to me that Monsanto is asserting rights that were not included in the licensing agreement. Bowman did replant the progeny seeds from his licensed seed crop.
He purchased other commodity beans that Monsanto was selling that do not require any license, and planted those seeds. Turns out they were Roundup Ready too. Clever, legal end-run.
Monsanto should simply admit defeat and going forward require that all purchasers of commodity beans agree to sign an agreement not to plant them without a license.
Monsanto can correct this without bothering SCOTUS. They are being a bully.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: curious1, 2/19/2013 9:01:24 AM     (No. 9184520)

#5, but since Monsanto doesn´t own the commodity beans, how will they be able to get anyone other than an idiot to sign such an agreement? They see the genie is out of the bottle with this and are fighting for their lock on the seed ownership, is what I suspect. This was probably an "Oooops!" moment in the Monsanto laboratory when they first heard about this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: shamus, 2/19/2013 9:05:17 AM     (No. 9184527)

Patents discourage innovation. They should only be allowed for a very short period, such as five years.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: toddh, 2/19/2013 10:43:41 AM     (No. 9184733)

It seems to me, that Monsanto can quite ethically patent the procedure to put these genes in those plants. The reproduction of the resultant plants is obviously prior art.

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