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Bowman v Monsanto in an Australian context

Most will be aware by now of the recent US Supreme Court decision, Bowman v Monsanto Co.,569 US (2013). One question that remains is what would have been the outcome if like facts had arisen in Australia and were considered...more

Creation of a new industrial property right in France: the "geographical indication of industrial and handicraft products"

The French law no.2014-344 on consumer protection, named "Hamon Act" (for the name of the Ministry in charge of this reform) and dated March 17, 2014, creates a new industrial property right: the "Geographical Indications...more

Strawberry Patent Rights, Forever

Ripe strawberries define lusciousness. Fragile, with fleeting taste, these heart-shaped berries inspired Shakespeare’s pen: “The strawberry grows underneath the nettle; and wholesome berries thrive and ripen best;...more

Monsanto Files Complaint to Prevent Farmer from Harvesting Patented Seeds for Resale and Planting

On February 5, 2014, Monsanto Company and Monsanto Technology, LLC (“Monsanto”) filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia asserting willful patent infringement against a farmer (Christopher Ponder and Chris Ponder...more

Florida House Subcommittee Advances Fracking Disclosure Bills

The Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee voted 8-4 on Tuesday in support of two bills that would require disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. While not as shale rich as its neighboring states to...more

Is Inventive Step In New Zealand “Udderly” Ridiculous?...And Will It Improve Under The New Legislation?

Under the present regime in New Zealand, the objection that a patent application lacks an inventive step is not available during prosecution and the burden of proof required to show a lack of inventive step in an opposition...more

Update - Protecting Plant Varieties In Australia And New Zealand

Recently we provided a summary of key elements of protecting plant varieties in Australia and New Zealand. In this summary we highlighted that plant breeders could seek dual protection under both Patents and Plant Breeder’s...more

Anti-GMO Groups Ask Supreme Court To Reconsider Standing To Bring Declaratory Judgment Action Against GMO Patent Holder

Recently, a group of 73 organic and conventional farmers, seed businesses, and public advocacy groups petitioned the Supreme Court to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the petitioners lack standing to pursue their...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-13 -- July 12, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

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

Seed of Patent Infringement Germinates Between Organic Farmers and Monsanto

In a significant legal decision with a connection to Vermont’s farming community, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed that organic farmers cannot obtain a judicial declaration to prevent...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 6 June 2013

In This Issue: • Judgment of Infringement Entered as Sanction • Patent Exhaustion Does Not Apply to Harvested Seeds • Judges Disagree on § 101 Standards • Litigation Is Not a Domestic Industry - Excerpt...more

Protect Your Livestock Brand with Trademarks

Brand recognition can be a valuable asset for livestock operations. Obtaining a registered trademark gives the owner enforcement rights against others who use confusingly similar marks in a particular class of goods or...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

Monsanto Avoids Declaratory Judgment Action Brought by Organic Farmers

In Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co., the Federal Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment action against Monsanto, but in so doing held that Monsanto would be judicially estopped from...more

Monsanto Averts Declaratory Judgment Suit

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Monsanto’s representation that it would not pursue farmers and seed sellers for patent infringement if they inadvertently use Monsanto’s patented...more

Patent Watch: Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co.

"[Where the court relies on a patent holder's] representations to defeat [jurisdiction over the declaratory judgment claims], those representations are binding as a matter of judicial estoppel [even in the absence of a...more

Food Quality : Seed, The Ultimate Weapon

Commentary on how use of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agriculture impacts the global food supply — all from control of the lowly seed - Over the past 30 years, the seed industry has experienced considerable...more

Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans

This case involved an Indiana soy bean farmer who, for his first crop of the year, bought Roundup Ready Soy Bean seed from an approved Monsanto dealer. After harvesting that crop, the farmer planned a second, and because of...more

Patent Exhaustion Rejected: Patented Seed Purchaser Has No Right to Make Copies

The Supreme Court in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. ruled unanimously that a farmer’s replanting of harvested seeds constituted making new infringing articles. While the case is important for agricultural industries, the Supreme...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

Supreme Court Rules in Patent Exhaustion Case: Farmer’s Use of Second Generation Seed Constitutes Infringement

On May 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that patent exhaustion does not bar an infringement claim in a case involving a farmer who reproduced patented seeds by planting and harvesting second generation seeds...more

Supreme Court Finds for Monsanto in Seed Harvesting Case

In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Supreme Court held that the doctrine of patent exhaustion does not give a farmer who has bought patented seeds the right to “reproduce” them through planting and harvesting without the patent...more

Don’t Blame the Bean: The Monsanto Patent Decision

In the case of Bowman v. Monsanto Company (May 13, 2013), the US Supreme Court has weighed into this thorny field, and on Monday it delivered a unanimous judgment upholding the rights in Monsanto’s patented soybeans. (See our...more

U.S. Supreme Court Qualifies Patent Exhaustion

On May 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Bowman v. Monsanto, decided whether a soybean farmer infringed Monsanto’s patent by replanting patented soybeans harvested from previous crops. The Court unanimously...more

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