Seed patents are at issue in Supreme Court case

02/19/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A farmer from Indiana is squaring off with Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, in a Supreme Court case that could have repercussions for patent law. The case stems from Monsanto's requirement that farmers agree to buy new genetically engineered seeds every growing season rather than saving them. Supporters of the farmer say that loosening patent protection could help moderate seed costs, while Monsanto argues that a ruling for the farmer could have a serious impact on the biotechnology industry.

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