Monsanto Co has appealed to India’s Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed [in April] that the world’s biggest seed maker cannot claim patents on its GM cotton seeds, a company spokesman said on [May 4].
The Delhi High Court [in April] concurred with Indian seed company Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL), which argued that India’s Patent Act does not allow Monsanto any patent cover for its genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds.
Monsanto has appealed to the Supreme Court, said a Monsanto India spokesman.
“In the Supreme Court, we’ll maintain our stand that agricultural products, including seeds, cannot be patented in India,” said Narne Murali Krishna, a company secretary for NSL. “The judgement of the Delhi High Court has already vindicated our stand.”
New Delhi approved Monsanto’s GM cotton seed trait, the only lab-altered crop allowed in India, in 2003 and an upgraded variety in 2006, helping transform the country into the world’s top producer and second-largest exporter of the fiber.
Monsanto’s GM cotton seed technology went on to dominate 90 percent of India’s cotton acreage.
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