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TITLE:  MONSANTO AWARDED $780,000 FOR PATENT VIOLATION
SOURCE: Associated Press, edited and sent by Agnet, Canada
DATE:   Nov 26, 2002

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MONSANTO AWARDED $780,000 FOR PATENT VIOLATION

TUPELO, Miss. - A federal appeals court in Washington has, according to 
this story, ruled that a Pontotoc County soybean farmer violated a seed 
patent held by biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. The court's recent 2-1 
ruling ordered Homan McFarling to pay Monsanto $780,000 in damages for 
patent infringement when he saved seeds after harvesting crops grown from 
Monsanto's patented Roundup Ready soybean seed. The Missouri-based 
company's patented cotton and soybean seeds have been genetically 
engineered to resist its Roundup brand herbicide. When Round-Up is sprayed 
on a field, it will kill the weeds without harming the crop.

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Dear GENET-news readers,
an earlier ruling in this case can be found at:

http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/federal/01-1390.pdf
Case No. 01-1390 [Aug 23, 2002]
MONSANTO COMPANY v. HOMAN MCFARLING

The recent ruling should be posted at http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/ soon.



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