India Finds Seeds Cannot be Patented


Monsanto in an attempt to seek payment of royalties from Naziveedu Seeds Ltd they sought to challenge India’s Patents Act of 1970. Naziveedu sells cotton seeds that were developed by Monsanto. The Delhi High Court ruled that plant varieties and seeds cannot be patented. On Monday, India’s Supreme Court refused to grant a stay on the High Court’s ruling. This ruling being upheld blocks Monsanto from seeking redress against Naziveedu.

A Monsanto spokesman told Reuters that the case will be submitted for an expedited preliminary hearing on July 18. The spokesman stated “We remain confident on the merits of the case. India has been issuing patents on man made biotech products for more than 15 years, as is done widely across the globe”.

More than 90% of the cotton crop is a strain of the GMO seed produced by Monsanto. The cotton seeds have been modified with a pest resistant toxin.