Monsanto Ruling Protects Innovators of Self-Replicating Biotechnology (PDF)
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In Bowman v. Monsanto, the Supreme Court found patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds for planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission. This decision highlights the similarity between impermissibly replicating an invention and making use of a self-replicating technology, but also relies on the limitations in the original sales contract to maintain control over subsequent unlicensed uses.
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