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June 22, 2013

Another View: Protect more advanced genetic research by law

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Monsanto eventually caught up with him and sued, winning an $85,000 judgment. Bomwan appealed.

The court correctly ruled that people don’t have the right to replicate a patented product and deny its inventor royalty payments.

Monsanto wasn’t patenting a naturally occurring thing, but a process they invented. Farmers have every right not to plant the modified seed. But if they do, they need to pay the inventor.

The ruling protects what the founding fathers’ knew was a key in fostering creativity and invention: “to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”

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