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SC refuses to stay HC order on Bt cotton seed patent

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today refused to stay a order dismissing US-based agro Technology's to enforce the patent for its seeds in

A bench, comprising justices and Abhay Manohar Sapre, issued notice to and other on the issue.

"We are not inclined to stay... Application seeking exemption from filing certified copy of the impugned order is allowed. Issue notice...," the bench said. The matter was listed for hearing on July 18.

The apex court was hearing a filed by Technology against April 11 order by which its was dismissed by the high court, which had partially allowed the counter-claims of three Indian that does not have a patent for its seeds, a genetically modified variant which resist bollworms.

The high court had also upheld the decision of a on the issue of trait fee payable to Monsanto by the companies -- Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd, Prabhat Agri and -- under the sub-licence with them.

The 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

Both sides had challenged the single judge's order before the division bench.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 07 2018. 20:15 IST