The firm moved the apex court against the April 11 order by which its plea was dismissed by the high court, which had partially allowed the counter-claims of three Indian seed companies that Monsanto does not have a patent for its BT cotton seeds, a genetically modified variant which resist bollworms.
The court had also upheld the decision of a single judge on the issue of trait fee payable to Monsanto by the companies -- Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd, Prabhat Agri Biotech Ltd and Pravardhan Seeds Private Ltd -- under the sub-licence with them.
The single judge had said that the Indian companies would pay trait fees to Monsanto according to government-set rates.
Monsanto wanted to charge a higher rate of trait fee under the sub-licence given to Indian companies to use its seed technology.
Both sides had challenged the single judge's order before the division bench.
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