MONSANTO LOSES INDIAN LEGAL BATTLE IN INDIA OVER GM COTTON PATENTS

04/16/2018

On April 11, an Indian court ruled that Monsanto cannot claim patents on genetically modified cotton seeds in India. Since Indian law excludes seeds from patenting, Monsanto was not permitted to claim patents and charge royalties. More than 90% of India’s cotton crops are genetically modified, making this ruling financially devastating for Monsanto. According to a Monsanto India spokesman, this court order “will have wide-ranging, negative implications for biotech-based innovation across many sectors within India.” For the full story, see: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-india-monsanto-nsl/monsanto-loses-indian-legal-battle-over-gm-cotton-patents-idUKKBN1HI2QL.