Supreme Court Affirms Patent Exhaustion Not Applicable in Seed Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A soybean farmer accused of infringing a patented pesticide-resistant seed was defeated May 13 in his efforts to avoid liability via the patent exhaustion doctrine, when the U.S. Supreme Court deemed the doctrine inapplicable to the dispute ( Vernon Hugh Bowman v...

Monsanto Ruling Protects Innovators of Self-Replicating Biotechnology

In Bowman v. Monsanto, the Supreme Court found patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds for planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission. This decision highlights the similarity between impermissibly replicating an invention and making use of a...