Jury awards Monsanto $1 billion in patent infringement case against DuPont

The verdict ends a four-week courtroom battle over herbicide-resistant seed technology

It took less than an hour of deliberations for a jury to award Monsanto Co. a whopping $1 billion in its patent infringement case against DuPont Co. The amount is the fourth-largest jury award ever in a U.S. patent case, according to Bloomberg.

In 2009, Monsanto sued DuPont for allegedly infringing its patents on genetically modified, herbicide-resistant crops. The agriculture company said that DuPont combined its own Optimum GAT technology with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait in violation of a licensing agreement between the two companies.

Alanna Byrne

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