/C O R R E C T I O N -- Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP/
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2013
In the news release, Bowman v. Monsanto Before the U.S. Supreme Court, issued
18-Feb-2013 by Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP over PR Newswire, we are advised by
the company that Mr. Bowman will be available to the media at the Hyatt
Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW. The complete
Bowman v. Monsanto Before the U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A 75-year-old Indiana grain farmer
will observe as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, weighs
arguments over his right to plant and use seeds that he purchased legally.
Vernon Hugh Bowman, who grows soybeans, has carried his fight against $12
billion agribusiness giant Monsanto Company to the highest court in the land
as he seeks to earn his living from the soil. He is represented by Frommer
Lawrence & Haug LLP.
Monsanto in 2007 sued Mr. Bowman to stop him from using and selling soybean
seeds from plants that had, in turn, been grown from seeds genetically
modified by Monsanto to produce plants resistant to herbicides. This allows
farmers to kill neighboring weeds without harming the soybean plants.
Farmer Bowman legally purchased seeds at a grain elevator, which bought them
from farmers who had, with Monsanto's authorization, used the genetically
modified Monsanto seeds to grow their soybean crops.
Monsanto claims that Mr. Bowman infringed its patents on herbicide-resistant
plants and seeds by using the grain elevator seeds to grow his soybean crops.
Mr. Bowman asserts that Monsanto's sales of the original seeds to authorized
purchasers exhausted Monsanto's patent rights and therefore Monsanto cannot
enforce its patents against second-generation and later seeds that resulted
from planting the original seeds.
The U.S. Supreme Court accepted Mr. Bowman's case in October 2012 for the
current session. Attorney Mark P. Walters of noted intellectual-property law
firm Frommer Lawrence & Haug will argue for Mr. Bowman along with FLH partners
Edgar H. Haug and Steven M. Amundson.
NOTE: The FLH legal team will be available to the press in front of the
Supreme Court building at approximately 12:30 p.m., immediately following
arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, whose morning session is scheduled to
begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Mr. Bowman will be available until 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on
Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW.
For Information, contact:
William F. Kenny
The Dilenschneider Group
EdgarHaug is a founding partner of Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP and managing
partner since 2003.
Focusing on IP and competition law, he litigates and counsels in matters
involving pharmaceuticals, biotech, semiconductors and associated
manufacturing equipment, shape memory alloys, e-commerce, automotive designs
and consumer electronics.
Mr. Haug is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and consultantin
pharmaceutical patent litigation under Hatch-Waxman, and represents clients
inpatent enforcement and regulatory and patentchallengesinvolving
He has substantial experience in bench and jury trials and appellate practice,
as well asbefore the UK High Court, German Federal Supreme Court and Tokyo
He teaches patent trial advocacy for the Practising Law Institute and sits on
the Federal Circuit Bar Association Board. He has a chemical engineering
degree from Notre Dame and a J.D. from St. John's University.
Steven M. Amundson is a partner focusing on IP litigation, including pre-suit
investigations, discovery and trial preparation, trials and appeals.His
patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition cases have
covered technologies including computers, electronic devices, electromagnetic
products, semiconductor fabrication, medical devices, chemicals and
After receiving his M.S. degree fromOhioState, Mr. Amundson was a nuclear
propulsion engineer for Admiral Hyman Rickover's Naval Sea Systems Command,
responsible for design review and approval of electrical instrumentation and
control equipment for nuclear propulsion plants.
He graduated from Georgetown Law in 1982, and from 1988 to 1997 was with the
Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice as lead trial
counsel in patent and copyright cases. He also argued before the Federal
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mark P. Walters is a patent attorney with extensive trial and appellate
experience in complex intellectual property cases. His cases include
litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act for innovator drug companies and
software litigation involving patented internet and social networking
technologies. He is also involved in copyright, design patent, and Lanham Act
His technical background includes work in plant genetics and molecular
biology. From 1996 to 1999, he worked in a plant genetics lab with the
Agricultural Research Service, the primary research arm of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, where he provided technical assistance to research projects
investigating genetic controls of seed dormancy.
In addition to litigation, Attorney Walters maintains an active patent
prosecution docket, taking disclosures and supervising the drafting of patent
applications in several technical fields, including agriculture and software.
SOURCE Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP
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