Tuesday, October 03, 2006

PUBPAT Challenges Monsanto Patents

"It appears as though Monsanto wants to control all of America's farmland and - unfortunately - the patent system is providing them the perfect means."

The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) has filed formal request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to revoke four Monsanto patents.

In a press release, Monsanto is described as using the patents "to harass, intimidate, sue - and in many cases bankrupt - American farmers." Executive Director of PUBPAT, Dan Ravicher, says "Monsanto's aggressive assertion of its patents is not only obnoxious and offensive to the core fabric of American life and culture, it is also causing substantial public harm."

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) completed a study on these concerns, and recently released the Monsanto v US Farmers Report, looking into the extent to which US farmers are negatively affected by litigation of patented GM crops.

The filings have included the submission of prior art which PUBPAT says will show that the patents lack novelty, are therefore invalid, and should be revoked.

No comments: