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GM cotton patent row: SC notice on Monsanto's plea

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday asked an Indian company to respond to Monsanto's challenging a verdict holding that the American firm cannot claim a patent on its genetically modified (GM) seeds.

Issuing the notice to Indian company Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd, a bench headed by Justice said it would issue common notice and posted the matter for a preliminary hearing on July 18.

Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Monsanto, said it would continue to supply the Indian company but sought a stay on the high court order.

The apex court, however, refused to interfere with the high court order at this stage.

The on April 11 held that cannot claim patents on its GM seeds in

The Sub-Section (j) of Section 3 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970, says that "plants and animals in whole or any part thereof other than micro organisms but including seeds, varieties and species and essentially biological processes for production or propagation of plants and animals" are not invention and as a corollary can't be patented.

The Section 3 of the Act spells out "what are not inventions".



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First Published: Mon, May 07 2018. 20:00 IST