Monsanto accuses DuPont of copying seed technology

The agriculture giant seeks an injunction and damages in its patent infringement lawsuit

Monsanto Co. and DuPont are at it again. The two companies are back in court, this time over a Monsanto lawsuit claiming that DuPont infringed its seed technology patents.

In 2007, Monsanto released its “seed chipper” technology, which allows users to individually test seeds for genetically advantageous traits without damaging them. According to the lawsuit, DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred subsidiary quickly filed patent applications “which include crude, hastily hand-drawn figures and purport to describe and claim subject matter disclosed in Monsanto’s seed-chipper patent applications.”

Alanna Byrne

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