It may soon get tougher to trademark a plant. Monsanto, a major developer of herbicides and GMO commodity crops, is facing a comprehensive review by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for four patents it uses to protect bioengineered inventions such as herbicide-resistant canola and pest-resistant cotton. The company has leveraged these patents in successful lawsuits in Europe, Canada and the United States against farmers and agribusiness operations who they claim violated contracts by ...

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