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GM cotton: Monsanto wins patent war in India as SC rules in its favour

SC ruled the company's patent for Bt cotton seeds is valid, overturning a judgment by the Delhi HC saying certain items such as seeds, plants and animals can't be patented under Indian laws

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Monsanto, the U.S. agribusiness giant acquired by Bayer AG last year, won a legal battle to own patents on genetically-modified cotton seeds in the world’s biggest producer of the fiber. India’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the company’s patent for Bt cotton seeds is valid, overturning a judgment by the Delhi High Court saying certain items such as seeds, plants and animals can’t be patented under Indian laws. The apex court’s two-judge bench, headed by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, said a lower court will decide if Indian companies infringed ...