Monsanto wins GMO royalties case in Paraguay
Two judges have denied emergency injunction bids from soybean growers in Paraguay against Monsanto’s charging for royalties on its genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready soybeans, national media report. The judges dismissed the action on the grounds that it was inadmissible due to the complex nature of the dispute. Newspaper ABC cites grower group APS saying that the patent Monsanto defends is an unduly “renewed” patent, and business group Central Unicoop that patents on living organisms are impermissible in Paraguay and the key issue is the payment deal Monsanto made with Paraguayan soybean grower groups lasting until 2014. The first case was brought last month ( Agrow No 658, p 15). That followed a similar case in Brazil, where growers had won an injunction, only for Monsanto later to win the right to charge with funds being paid into an escrow account ( Agrow No 654, p 13). The company’s second-generation soybean technology, Intacta RR2 Pro (MON87701xMON89788), has been approved in Paraguay this month (see this issue).