Similarly, American Soybean Association President Danny Murphy and National Corn Growers Association Chair Garry Niemeyer addressed in press statements the role of patents and modernization.
Murphy said the ruling would ensure that technological innovation can continue to serve agriculture, and "without the protection of intellectual property that the court reaffirmed today, the companies on whom my fellow soybean farmers and I rely would have no real incentive to make the investments necessary to develop new soybean varieties that yield more, resist disease, weeds, and pests, are drought tolerant, or have improved nutritional profiles."
Niemeyer further added that it is "essential to future research" that companies are able to profit from their innovations already on the market under patent protection.
"In upholding the integrity of this [patent] right, the court shows that the American dream of achieving success through hard work and ingenuity is still alive," Niemeyer said.
The Food Democracy Now! group, however, had harsh words for the ruling.
"Monsanto has long engaged in an effort to subvert family farmers that do not use their genetically-engineered seeds and the Court has now handed corporations even more control over what our families eat," FDN founder Dave Murphy wrote in a press statement.
The group is currently involved in a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging the company is facilitating unwanted GMO contamination in non-GMO fields.
Previously, the District Court ruled in favor of Monsanto in the Bowman case, as did the Federal Circuit Court.
The patents in the glyphosate-resistnat technology expire in 2014.
For more background on the case, visit What's At Stake In the Monsanto Dispute Over GM Seed?, a Farm Futures blog entry from attorney Gary Baise.
Also view the opinion in its entirety here.
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