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Monsanto drags over 400 U.S. farmers to court over GM seed patents
I wonder what the infringement is. The farmers didn't create the new seeds, the crops did. So, who is doing the infringing? Mere reuse of the seeds doesn't seem like patent infringement to me. They are using seeds created from plants grown with legally purchased seeds. So, why aren't the new seeds covered by the original legal purchase? If the farmers went into a lab, and managed to re-create the same altered seeds, that's something different. Those seeds would be covered by the Monsanto patent and it would be illegal to sell or even use them commercially. But, that's not what happened here.
I just don't see any culpability. Plus, a standard defense in any patent infringement case is invalidity of the patent. Perhaps Monsanto is setting itself up for an outcome they won't particularly enjoy,
Monsanto has sued the 144 farms over the course of 16 years since the patent was issued. These suits weren't all just filed.
The purchaser for Monsanto's GM seeds agrees the purchase only gives rights for the initial crop, and the purchaser does not own the right to replant seeds from the GM crop. New seeds must be purchased for each planting.
As best I can tell, in every case where Monsanto has sued, it's been a farmer trying to get around that replanting clause. In the Bowman case, he was finding alternate ways to get his hands on GM modified seed and plant it without paying Monsanto for the right to make a crop from their technology.
The answer, if you want to get around it, is simple: Don't buy and plant Monsanto seeds. The OP's article uses statistical slight of hand to inflate the importance of Monsanto's market position: Along two other huge producers, they account for 53% of the seed market. That means there are plenty of other seed sources that have no GM component.
Bottom line: Monsanto invented a better mousetrap. If a farmer thinks, on Monsanto's terms, he can do better with Monsanto seeds, he should buy them and abide buy the licensing agreement that is part of the purchase. Otherwise, plants someone else's seeds.
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