NOBULL: Monsanto’s Death Patents

Monsanto’s Death Patents

Friday, 22 March 2013 09:19 By Randall Amster JD, Counterpunch | Op-Ed

Monsanto has yet another case pending in the court system, this time before the U.S. Supreme Court on the exclusivity of its genetically modified seed patents. Narrowly at issue is whether Monsanto retains patent rights on soybeans that have been replanted after showing up in generic stocks rather than being sold specifically as seeds, or whether those patent rights are “exhausted” after the initial planting. But more broadly the case also raises implications regarding control of the food supply and the patenting of life – questions that current patent laws are ill-equipped to meaningfully address. (MORE)