A farming association in Massachusetts is spearheading a lawsuit against biotech giant Monsanto Co., challenging the company’s patents on genetically modified seed.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association by the Public Patent Foundation of New York. The suit was filed in federal district court in Manhattan.
St. Louis-based Monsanto (NYSE:MON) has sued farmers for patent infringement in cases where the company’s genetically modified seed has landed on the farmers’ property, Dan Ravicher, lead attorney in the case and the Public Patent Foundation’s executive director, said in a statement.
“It seems quite perverse that a farmer contaminated by GM seed could be accused of patent infringement, but Monsanto has made such accusations before and is notorious for having sued hundreds of farmers for patent infringement,” Ravicher said.