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High Court Rules for Monsanto
Mon May 13, 2013 09:20 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has sustained Monsanto Co.'s claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.

The justices, in a unanimous vote Monday, rejected the farmer's argument that cheap soybeans he bought from a grain elevator are not covered by the Monsanto patents, even though most of them also were genetically modified to resist the company's Roundup herbicide.

Justice Elena Kagan says a farmer who buys patented seeds must have the patent holder's permission.

Monsanto has a policy to protect its investment in seed development that prohibits farmers ...

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