Monsanto’s Seed Patents May Trump Antitrust Claims

May 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Environmental Justice, Farm

Monsanto Co., facing antitrust probes into its genetically modified seeds, may benefit from previous court rulings in which intellectual property rights trumped competition concerns, antitrust lawyers say.

The Department of Justice and seven state attorneys general are investigating whether the world’s largest seed company is using gene licenses to keep competing technologies off the market. At issue is how the St. Louis-based company sells and licenses its patented trait that allows farmers to kill weeds with Roundup herbicide while leaving crops unharmed. The company’s Roundup Ready gene was in 93 percent of U.S. soybeans last year.

via Monsanto’s Seed Patents May Trump Antitrust Claims Update2 – BusinessWeek.

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