Monsanto wins patent case, could have big impact on biotech
May 13th, 2013
11:42 AM ET
5 years ago

Monsanto wins patent case, could have big impact on biotech

Washington (CNN) - A small farmer from Indiana lost his patent dispute on Monday at the Supreme Court, a ruling that could have enormous impact in a variety of biotech fields.

The justices unanimously said Monsanto, the world's largest seed producer, has intellectual property control over its best-selling "Roundup Ready" soybeans.


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  1. Thomas

    "Roundup Ready" says it all . I hope they are held responsable when people start getting cancer .

    May 13, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Boo

    Monsanto is a manufacturer of poisons and toxins. No government oversight at all. We all know who owns the politicians in DC. Monsanto is one of the "owners." Why doesn't CNN and other major news outlets do investigativE reporting on them? Simple answer. The news organizations are also owned by BIG BUSINESS.

    May 13, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    This reminds of the government's "Big Blue" lawsuits against IBM from over 40 years ago. IBM sold mainframe computers and software to run them, yet IBM prohibited people who purchased the computers from writing their software. IBM claimed that any software written for the mainframes would have to rely in part upon IBM's operating system, which IBM had patented. Make a long story short, IBM lost that ridiculous argument. It was akin to buying a car and being told that you cannot customize it.

    May 13, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I guess there needs to be some level of acknowledgment of where the seeds were obtained from. In this case, that acknowledgment needs to be in the form of money. I would hope that Monsanto would be willing to cut these farmers a break. How much of this stuff reproduces without the farmer's help?

    May 13, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |


    May 13, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. much thunder..little rain

    watch the chinese they believe in patents

    May 13, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. rs

    Another "Citizens United" moment from the Conservative activist jusges.

    May 13, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |