US Monsanto sues DuPont over corn, soy technology

05 May 2009 15:48  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Monsanto has filed a federal lawsuit against DuPont and its subsidiary seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred International, alleging that it violated patent laws regarding Monsanto soybean and corn technology, the US agribusiness giant said on Tuesday.

The DuPont subsidiary is accused of unlawfully using Monsanto’s Roundup Ready herbicide tolerant technologies in soybeans and corn.

“As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” said Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant. “However, unlawfully taking technology is neither imitation nor flattery; it is unethical and wrong."

Pioneer has the right to sell soybeans and corn with the Roundup Ready technology, Monsanto said.

Pioneer touted plans for several years to upgrade the technology, Monsanto said, before recently admitting that the new technology when used alone presents unacceptable risks to farmers.

Monsanto alleged that in an effort to repair those deficiencies, Pioneer misused the Roundup Ready technology without proper attribution or collaboration in an attempt to mask such problems.

DuPont offered no immediate comment regarding the lawsuit.

Monsanto filed the lawsuit on Monday in federal court in St. Louis, Missouri.

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By: Ben DuBose
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