Monsanto wins big award in a biotech patent case

A federal jury awarded $1 billion in damages to the crop biotechnology leader Monsanto on Wednesday, saying that its arch rival DuPont had willfully infringed a patent covering Roundup Ready soybeans.

The eight-person jury, in United States District Court in St. Louis, deliberated for less than an hour after a trial that lasted more than three weeks. The verdict is a big victory for Monsanto because it maintains patent protection on Roundup Ready soybeans, the world’s most widely grown genetically engineered crop and in some sense the foundation of Monsanto’s business.

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