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Monsanto loses legal fight over cotton patents in India



An Indian Court ruled Wednesday that Monsanto cannot claim patents on its genetically modified cotton seeds in India.

Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd, the Indian company that brought the case, argued that Indian patent law prohibited Creve Coeur-based Monsanto from claiming patents and charging royalties from Indian companies.

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court issued a ruling agreeing with that argument.

This marks the latest chapter in a long-running fight for Monsanto over Indian patent laws. In 2016, the country’s farm ministry cut Monsanto’s royalties by more than 70 percent, setting off a feud that drew in the U.S. government.

A Monsanto spokesperson expressed disappointment with Wednesday’s ruling, saying it would have “negative implications for biotech-based innovation” in India.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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