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May 30, 2013

Bowman v. Monsanto

Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana, argued in the Bowman v. Monsanto case that Monsanto exhausted its intellectual property rights once the first generation seed was sold by its original farmers as a commodity. The Supreme Court, however, unanimously upheld Monsanto’s IP rights to the seed beyond an authorized sale over Bowman’s rights in growing multiple generations of the seed on his Knox County farm. (Read more about the trial here.) What do you think of the Supreme Court’s decision?

Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the Bowman v. Monsanto case?

Yes
 
  39.3%
No
 
  50.0%
Undecided
 
  10.7%

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