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ECJ sides with farmers on genetically modified crops

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Court of Justice has held that Member States may not adopt emergency measures prohibiting genetically modified food and feed (GMOs) unless there is clear evidence that a particular GMO presents a serious risk to...more

Rare Grable Removal Sighted In Missouri

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Establishing federal jurisdiction over state-law claims through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No....more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Rejects GMO and Pesticide Bans in Three Hawaii Counties Because State and Federal Laws Preempt the...

by Carlton Fields on

Alika Atay et al v. County of Maui, et al, No. 15-16466 (9th Cir., Nov. 18, 2016) - Hawai’i Papaya Indus. Assn., et al v. County of Hawaii, No. 14-17538 (9th Circ., Nov. 18, 2016) - Robert Ito Farm, Inc., et al. v. County...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

Big Win for Anti-GMO Groups as Federal Judge Upholds Jackson County GMO Ban

On Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke partially dismissed a lawsuit brought by commercial alfalfa farmers seeking to overturn a Jackson County ordinance that banned the use of GMO seed stock (“It is a county...more

The Plant Variety Protection Act—An Increasingly Important Form of Intellectual Property Protection for Plants

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As part of their treaty obligations in establishing International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), member countries have enacted laws that provide ‘‘Plant Breeders’ Rights’’ for protecting the...more

Seeds Worth More than Gold

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions - Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn...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

Opposition to Genetically Engineered Crops Goes Local: Municipal Laws Seek to Ban GMOs

by BakerHostetler on

A recent effort by two Los Angeles city councilmen to ban the sale and cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) signals an emerging trend in the attack against crop biotechnology. Municipalities in a number of...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

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

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

Monsanto Averts Declaratory Judgment Suit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Universities Urge Supreme Court to Affirm in Bowman v. Monsanto

A group of universities, entities affiliated with universities, higher education associations, and entities involved in university technology management, in an amici brief filed in Bowman v. Monsanto, argue that reversal of...more

WLF Files Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in Bowman v. Monsanto

In an amicus brief filed in support of respondents Monsanto Co. et al. last month, the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) asked the Supreme Court to affirm that petitioner Vernon Bowman infringed Monsanto's patents on...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

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