Europe Restricts Monsanto's Patent Policing

A ruling by Europe’s highest court last week has the potential to limit the scope of gene patents held by companies like Monsanto. The European Court of Justice ruled that DNA patents only apply to live plants (not derived products such as soy meal), “when the DNA is performing the function for which it was originally patented,” according to Nature. The ruling comes as a result of a suit by Monsanto against Dutch companies who were importing soy meal from Argentina – where Monsanto doesn’t hold a patent and farmers can grow RoundupReady soyb

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