Magazine
Latest Issue

GM food for thought

A new EU ruling limits the ambitions of companies that try to control biotechnology

By Anjana Ahuja   August 2010

Monsanto’s patent rights on its Roundup Ready soybeans have been restricted in Europe

On 6th July, a little-noticed ruling by the highest court in Europe delivered a major blow to the ambitions of agricultural giant Monsanto. The company was attempting to claim ownership of crop products bearing traces of its patented DNA sequence. The judgment represents a legal landmark because it limits what can be claimed by biotechnology companies holding patents on stretches of genetic material. In the words of one patent lawyer, a “wild west-style landgrab in the DNA landscape” has been averted.

The story begins in…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect