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Monsanto challenges Indian court’s decision that undermines its GMO cotton monopoly

In something of a compromise gesture, the justices gave Monsanto a three-month window to register the Bt seed varieties under the Plant Varieties Act (PVA), which would still allow the company to collect a trait fee but lose control of the plant's genetic material. The ruling would also allow Indian farmers to use Monsanto’s know-how for future research and development of the cotton industry.

Refusing to accept the new arrangement, Monsanto appealed the court’s decision, Reuters reported on Friday. NSL, meanwhile, announced that it will uphold the court's decision.

“In the Supreme Court, we'll maintain our stand that agricultural products, including seeds, cannot be patented in India,” said Narne Murali Krishna, a company secretary for NSL. “The judgment of the Delhi High Court has already vindicated our stand.”

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