Monday, November 30, 2009

Monsanto: Patents for Seeds


St. Louis-based Monsanto has a lot of seed patents, to the growing chagrin of some farmers.

How many U.S. patents & patent apps in total?

14,183.

See them here.

Consider their most recent patent, #7,622,660 titled Plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH475361 from 11/24/2009--

According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH475361. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH475361, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH475361 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH475361.

This article in the Winnipeg Free Press talks about Monsanto's patent enforcement, and the likely effect on farmers.



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