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Monsanto, the Court and the Seeds of Dissent

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

A farmer is seen holding Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seeds at his family farm in Bunceton, Mo. (Dan Gill / Associated Press / July 5, 2008)

Cancer Group Loses Federal Court Bid Against Human Gene Patent

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Cancer Voices Australia brought the case as it believed Myriad Genetics Inc, which owns the patent on the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 linked to breast and ovarian cancer had an unfair monopoly on a naturally occurring gene.

It’s the first time the validity of genetic patents has been tested in an Australian court.

Cancer Voices sought to void the genetic patenting on the basis they were natural "discoveries".

Farmer’s use of genetically modified soybeans grows into Supreme Court case

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

In SANDBORN, Ind. — Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto’s pursuit of new products it says will “feed the world.”

“Hell’s fire,” said the 75-year-old self-described “eccentric old bachelor,” who farms 300 acres of land passed down from his father. Bowman rested in a recliner, boots off, the tag that once held his Foster Grant reading glasses to a drugstore rack still attached, a Monsanto gimme cap perched ironically on his balding head.

“I am less than a drop in the bucket.”

E.U. PATENTS ON TRANSGENIC CHIMPS CHALLENGED

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "Animal rights activists in Germany are contesting three patents on genetically engineered chimpanzees granted this year by the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. One of the challenges was filed today; the other two will follow shortly, says Ruth Tippe, a spokesperson for a German advocacy group called No Patents on Life. “It is incomprehensible why the patent office would grant patents on these animals,” Tippe told ScienceInsider in a phone conversation minutes after filing papers with EPO to oppose the first of the three patents. "

BRAZIL FARMERS IN LEGAL FEUD WITH MONSANTO OVER GM SOY

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "five million Brazilian farmers are now locked in a legal feud with US biotech giant Monsanto, the GM soy seed manufacturer, and are refusing to pay crop royalties. [...] “Monsanto gets paid when it sell the seeds. The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in the world is there a requirement to pay (again). Producers are in effect paying a private tax on production,” said lawyer Jane Berwanger.

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