About “Beyond the Rows”

Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Why Does Monsanto and its Vegetable Seed Brands Patent Vegetable Seeds? Featured Article

Ever wonder why Monsanto and its vegetable seed brands Seminis and De Ruiter use patents or Plant Variety Protection (PVP) certificates to protect its vegetable seed products? Here’s some information to help you understand why.

But first, a few facts on Patents and PVPs: 

Patents

  • Patents on vegetables are no different than other patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a patent as a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or
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Bowman v. Monsanto: Major Implications for Innovation Featured Article

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Bowman v. Monsanto, a case that highlights the crucial role that patent protection plays in fostering and protecting U.S. innovation across a broad range of industries—including agriculture, medicine, computer software, and environmental science—that deliver benefits to millions of Americans.

Monsanto’s arguments to the Court underscored the role that patent rights play in enabling innovation in biotechnology and other fields where breakthrough discoveries require substantial R&D investments that depend upon the protections afforded under U.S. patent law.

“Today’s case highlights the importance of intellectual property protection in supporting America’s continued investments in … Full Article »

Statement on OSGATA Appeal Featured Article

Earlier this year, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organizations against Monsanto Company.

Late this week, OSGATA filed an appeal to overturn the District Court’s ruling.

“This action by the plaintiffs is just another attempt to deceive and mislead people about Monsanto’s business,” said Kyle McClain, associate general counsel of Monsanto.

“Monsanto believes that all farmers should have the opportunity to select the production method of their choice – whether that be organic, conventional or … Full Article »