Washington (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company’s efforts to limit farmer’s use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds.
The justices say they will hear an appeal from Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman, who is attempting to fend off Monsanto’s lawsuit claiming Bowman made unauthorized use of the seeds.
Monsanto’s patented soybean seeds have been genetically engineered to resist its Roundup brand herbicide. When Roundup is sprayed on a field, the product will kill the weeds without harming the crop.
The Obama administration had urged the court not to take up the case, warning that the outcome could impact patents involving DNA molecules, nanotechnologies and other self-replicating technologies.