Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Victory for the Commons: Monsanto Patents Rejected!

The Public Patent Foundation announced today that the US Patent and Trademark office has "rejected four key Monsanto patents related to genetically modified crops that PUBPAT challenged last year because the agricultural giant is using them to harass, intimidate, sue - and in some cases literally bankrupt - American farmers."

This is a victory for the rights of farmers to grow our food, to save seed from one year to the next as farmers have always done, without having to worry about going bankrupt fighting legal challenges.

For details, see the Public Patent Foundation website.

Thanks to Helen Clarke for the alert - and to the US Patent and Trademark office for a wise decision!

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