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  •  Not a fan of Monsanto, but this case... (8+ / 0-)

    ...was clear-cut.  Bowman had the option of using only non-GMO seeds (as does every other soybean farmer out there).  In any event, this will happen for only a couple more years; Monsanto's patents run out soo, and then farmers everywhere can give them the middle finger they deserve.

    What I can't abide, however, is Monsanto going after farmers for having cross-pollinated soybeans (that is, non-GMO soybean plants fertilized by GMO soybean plants, which then produce GMO soybean seeds).  No patent gives the patentee the right to convert non-infringing seeds into infringing seeds, particularly without the farmer's consent.

    The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

    by TheOrchid on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:24:52 PM PDT

    •  Organic farmers should sue Monsanto... (1+ / 0-)
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      For contaminating their organic crops with GMO soybeans (Admittedly, you don't need non-GMO for organic classification in the US, I believe, but you can advertise non-GMO).

    •  How long (2+ / 0-)
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      In any event, this will happen for only a couple more years; Monsanto's patents run out soo,
      How long until Monsanto lobbies some paid-for legislators to grant them a patent extension?

      Big Pharma has done this successfully, so its a safe bet Monsanto will at least try it.

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      by nosleep4u on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:44:10 PM PDT

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      •  Patent extensions are granted for... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...regulatory delays in getting a drug approved; this is why pharma patents are frequently extended.  It's my understanding no such regulatory delays are available for Monsanto to use as the basis for extending their patents.

        The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

        by TheOrchid on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:59:01 PM PDT

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        •  Which means they'll be the next Disney: (1+ / 0-)
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          As Mickey Mouse shall never expire from copyright, so shall the RoundUp patent never expire …

          (I sure as fuck hope they won't actually succeed. But don't be surprised if pretty soon we start hearing about how patent expiration s steal profits from hard-working creators and innovators …)

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          by Code Monkey on Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:25:55 PM PDT

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          •  If they keep changing the formulation (0+ / 0-)

            and patenting the new formulation, then they will have an exclusive on the product.  There are other herbacides out there based on earlier versions of Round-up, I am sure.

            Patents have a 17-year monopoly in exchange for making the invention part of the public domain.

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            by ccyd on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:45:44 AM PDT

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