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US jury finds in favour of Monsanto in Optimum GAT case

A US federal jury has found that DuPont and its seed subsidiary, DuPont Pioneer, had wilfully infringed Monsanto's Roundup Ready technology when Pioneer stacked it with its Optimum GAT technology in genetically modified maize and soybeans. The jury awarded damages of $1,000 million to Monsanto based on DuPont's wilful infringement of its technology and the improper head start that DuPont obtained when it infringed Monsanto's technology rights. The finding of wilful infringement could lead to an increased award of damages in the case, Monsanto says. The company filed a lawsuit against DuPont/Pioneer in May 2009 after failing to resolve the dispute out of court ( Agrow No 567, p 2).

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