Decision: May 13, 2013, 9-0
Summary on SCOTUSBlog
So, Monsanto is a huge company in the food industry.
They make seeds that are resistant to pesticides, which for farmers is all
And maybe for the rest of us is all
but whatever, anyway,
This is Vernon Hugh Bowman.
He bought soybean seeds from Monsanto and grew a crop of soybeans, which grew up and made seeds, because… plants. Bowman collected and replanted them, because… farming.
Monsanto says Bowman can’t do that: because they hold a patent, farmers should re-buy seeds every season.
Bowman says he didn’t make copies of the seed, the plants did.
SCOTUS didn’t buy this.
They agreed with Monsanto, and with the lower court: you can’t reuse copies of patented stuff for profit.