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Monsanto Can't Have Patent on Bt Cotton in India, Court Says

  • Company can apply to government to register cotton variety
  • Monsanto may challenge the order in Supreme Court, lawyer says
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Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, can’t own a patent over genetically modified cotton seeds in India, a court ruled on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court verdict said that certain items such as seeds, plants and animals can’t be patented under Indian laws. The court rejected Monsanto’s plea to stop Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd., an estranged licensee of the company, from selling Bt cotton seeds in India.