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Monsanto Co. wins patent infringement claims against GE soybean farmer
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 7 2011

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that farmers who plant the progeny of genetically engineered (GE) soybean seeds protected by U.S. patents have infringed those patents even where the progeny are derived from commodity seed purchased from a grain elevator.

Control at issue in split Federal Circuit ruling on joint infringement
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 21 2011

A divided Federal Circuit Court of Appeals panel, relying on recent precedent, has confirmed that "where the actions of multiple parties combine to perform every step of a claimed method, the claim is directly infringed only if one party exercises 'control or direction' over the entire process such that every step is attributable to the controlling party."

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Stanford owns patents for invention funded with federal dollars
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 4 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the appeal of a Federal Circuit decision that rejected on standing grounds a university’s claim to patents that arose out of an NIH-financed research project involving technology for detecting HIV levels in a patient’s blood.