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India's top court backs Monsanto on GM cotton payments

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Staff Writer | January 8, 2019
India’s Supreme Court ruled that Monsanto can claim patents on its genetically modified cotton seeds in the world’s biggest producer of the fibre.
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Asia   The decision on appeal overturns an earlier ruling
The decision on appeal overturns an earlier ruling by the Delhi High Court that Monsanto was unable to claim patents on GM cotton seeds.

The outcome is positive for foreign agricultural companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont Pioneer and Syngenta which have been concerned that they could lose patents on GM crops in India.

Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) (MMB), a joint venture between Monsanto and India’s Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co (Mahyco), sells GM cotton seeds under license to more than 40 Indian seed companies, which in turn sell product to retailers.