Monsanto wins patent infringement trial against DuPont

Monsanto wins patent infringement trial against DuPont

5:14 AM, 2nd August 2012
Monsanto wins patent infringement trial against DuPont

ST LOUIS, US: Monsanto Co has won a patent infringement trial in the US District Court against DuPont Pioneer, formally Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont. Monsanto said the federal jury found that DuPont and DuPont Pioneer had willfully infringed Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready technology when it tried to patch the problems with DuPont’s own Optimum GAT or OGAT technology that had failed in earlier development.

The jury awarded damages of $1 billion to Monsanto based on DuPont’s willful infringement of its technology and the improper head start that DuPont obtained when it infringed Monsanto’s technology rights. The finding of willful infringement could lead to an increased award of damages in the case.

Monsanto originally filed suit against DuPont and DuPont Pioneer in May 2009. The lawsuit sought to prevent the unlicensed combination of Monsanto’s proprietary Roundup Ready herbicide tolerant technologies in soybeans and corn with DuPont’s problem plagued OGAT.

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