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Groups Ask Supreme Court to Hear Case Against Monsanto



(NAFB)--The groups who had their lawsuit against Monsanto stopped by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit are now asking the Supreme Court to hear their case.

The plaintiffs sued preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their fields ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed. But a three-judge panel ruled in June that the plaintiffs aren’t entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic seed patents because the Company has made binding assurances it won’t take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes. Daniel Ravicher - Public Patent Foundation Executive Director and Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs - says the Court of Appeals correctly found that the farmers and seed sellers had standing to challenge Monsanto’s invalid patents - but incorrectly found that statements made by Monsanto’s lawyers mooted the case. That’s why they have asked the Supreme Court to take the case and reinstate the right of the plaintiffs to seek full protection from Monsanto’s invalid transgenic seed patents.

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