REUTERS: Indiana Farmer, Vernon Bowman, Prepares To Take On Monsanto In Seed Patent CaseSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:18
Reuters | 02/15/2013
* Oral arguments are set for Feb. 19
* Case examines patent law; seen key for biotechnology
* More than 50 groups file briefs trying to sway court
By Carey Gillam
Feb 15 (Reuters) - A 75-year-old Indiana grain farmer will take on global seed giant Monsanto Co at the U.S. Supreme Court next week in a patent battle that could have ramifications for the biotechnology industry and possibly the future of food production.
The highest court in the United States will hear arguments on Tuesday in the dispute, which started when soybean farmer Vernon Bowman bought and planted a mix of unmarked grain typically used for animal feed. The plants that grew turned out to contain the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready that Monsanto guards closely with patents.