Patents/Intellectual Property Rights
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GENETICALLY MODIFYING AND PATENTING SEEDS ISN’T THE ANSWER

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "The great historian Lewis Mumford once described a patent as ”a device that enables one man to claim special financial rewards for being the last link in the complicated social process that produced the invention”. He was pointing out that we do not produce inventions ex nihilo, but rather draw on the totality of the inventions and knowledge that came before us. It is no longer just the fruits of a centuries-long social process that are targets of patent claims. Through genetic engineering, corporations can now create and patent new life forms."

MONSANTO SEED PATENT CASE GETS U.S. SUPREME COURT REVIEW

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider how patent rules apply to self-replicating technologies, accepting an appeal from a farmer seeking to circumvent Monsanto Co.'s planting restrictions on its genetically modified seeds. The justices today said they will review a federal appeals court decision that Vernon Hugh Bowman infringed Monsanto's patents when he planted soybeans he had bought from a grain elevator. Those beans were the product of seeds covered by Monsanto's patents, and the St. Louis-based company says its rights extend to the second-generation beans. "

TIME’S UP: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GENETICS PATENTS RUN OUT?

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "Patents are coming off of the original genetically modified crops, but the responsibilities for those genetics and technologies remain. [...] The American Seed Trade Association is preparing to put controls on those genetics as the patents expire. [...] “Having a non-approved event in a commodity shipment is a serious issue. We need to be able to provide high quality export products.”"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Patents are coming off of the original genetically modified crops, but the responsibilities for those genetics and technologies remain.

FARM-FRESH INFRINGEMENT: CAN YOU VIOLATE A PATENT BY PLANTING SOME SEEDS?

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "Can a farmer commit patent infringement just by planting soybeans he bought on the open market? This week, the Supreme Court asked the Obama administration to weigh in on the question. The Court is pondering an appeals court decision saying that such planting can, in fact, infringe patents. In 1994, the agricultural giant Monsanto obtained a patent covering a line of “Roundup Ready” crops that had been genetically modified to resist Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

GM CROP CASE NEARS SUPREME COURT

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "The US Supreme Court has asked the Obama administration to weigh in on a petition concerning Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds. In 2011, the Federal Circuit Court again upheld the ruling that Monsanto’s patents for its genetically modified seeds can be used to stop farmers from saving and replanting the GM seeds. [...] Bowman has now petitioned the Supreme Court with the argument that his use of the seeds is covered by patent law’s “exhaustion doctrine”—which holds that a patent holder’s rights in a particular product are “exhausted” when the product is sold to an end user"

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