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Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Somewhat lost in the hubbub over the Supreme Court's ruling in AMP v. Myriad was the Federal Circuit's decision, just a few days earlier, in Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co. That case is the latest windmill...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Monsanto in Seed Patent Case

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday in favor of Monsanto in Bowman v. Monsanto, a case involving Monsanto’s recombinant, Roundup Ready® seeds. The opinion rejected the arguments from petitioner, Indiana farmer...more

Bowman v. Monsanto: Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., with Mark P. Walters representing Farmer Bowman, Seth Waxman representing Monsanto, and Melissa Arbus Sherry representing the Department of Justice. ...more

Parties Reiterate Arguments from Certiorari Petitions in Briefs to Supreme Court

On the brink of oral argument before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it may be helpful to reiterate (as do the parties) the arguments from Petitioner Farmer Bowman and Respondent Monsanto, Inc. in Bowman v. Monsanto....more

U.S. Government Requests Argument Time in Bowman v. Monsanto -- at Monsanto's Expense

In a paper filed earlier this week by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., the U.S. government has asked the Supreme Court for leave to present ten minutes of argument in Bowman v. Monsanto. The request is not unusual or...more

It Ain't Necessarily So Down on the Farm: Not All Farmers Agree with Farmer Bowman in Bowman v. Monsanto

The "conventional wisdom" surrounding the Bowman v. Monsanto case now before the Supreme Court on certiorari is that it is "David v. Goliath," the salt-of-the-earth farmer versus the corporate monolith, and an example of the...more

Government Sticks to Its Guns in Bowman v. Monsanto Amicus Brief

Over the past decade, the Supreme Court's increased interest in patent law cases was paralleled by briefs from the Solicitor General advising the Court to grant certiorari. The apparent influence of the government has waned...more

House Considers Alternative Patent Royalty Scheme for Genetically Engineered Seed

The tendency for members of the House of Representatives to exhibit ignorance of the patent system, so amply demonstrated in the "debate" over H.R. 6621 at the end of the last Congress (see "Congressional Misunderstandings...more

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