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Monsanto loses Indian legal battle over GM cotton patents

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A court ruled on Wednesday that Monsanto cannot claim patents on its genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds in India, the Indian company that brought the case said.Citing an Indian law that excludes seeds from being patented, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) argued that the U.S. seeds company was not eligible to claim patents and charge royalties from Indian seed companies.On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court agreed with NSL, ruling that India's Patent Act does not allow Monsanto any patent cover for its GM cotton seeds, said Narne Murali Krishna, a company secretary for NSL.A ...

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 22:07 IST