Monsanto wins Canadian GM crop patent suit
The Federal Court of Canada has issued a default judgement against a farmer for patent infringement over Monsanto's genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready canola, the company points out. The Court found that Doug Van Verdegem and Bar V Farms of Strathmore, Alberta violated the terms of a Monsanto contract by growing, harvesting and selling Roundup Ready canola without paying for the technology. Monsanto says that more than 65,000 farmers in Canada have signed agreements to use its technology and most feel that it is unfair if other farmers profit from the technology without paying for it. The undisclosed award to Monsanto will be reinvested with charitable and non-profit groups, the company notes.