Patents/Intellectual Property Rights
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MONSANTO COURT WIN TOSSES PATENT SUIT BY ORGANIC FARMERS

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "Monsanto Co. won’t have to face a challenge to its patents on genetically modified seeds as long as it doesn’t sue organic farmers and seed sellers, a U.S. appeals court said today. The world’s largest seed company has made “binding assurances” that it won’t take patent action against farmers whose crops inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto’s biotechnology products, so there’s no reason to sue, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted on its website. The decision affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing the case.

A NEW WAVE OF PATENTS ON PLANTS

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "The European Patent Office has restarted to rush for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding, although a precedent case is pending in front the Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning a patent on tomatoes (G2/12). This new development is evident from a report of the coalition of No Patents on Seeds that is published today. Within a few weeks, around a Dozen new patents will be granted, covering species such as broccoli, onions, lettuce, cucumber and melons. Just today two patents, one on salad and one on cucumber, are granted.

Monsanto granted “patent on severed broccoli”

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Monsanto granted “patent on severed broccoli”
European Patent Office once again grants a patent on plant breeding

Genes Cannot Be Patented, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

WASHINGTON, Jun 13 2013 (IPS) - The nine judges of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that naturally occurring DNA, including component parts of that genetic material, cannot be patented.

The decision overturns three decades of practise to the contrary by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Health and civil liberties groups are celebrating the unusual unanimous ruling, as are consumer protection advocates.

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