DuPont, Monsanto Agree to End Antitrust, Soybean Patent Lawsuits

March 26, 2013 05:36 AM
 

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- DuPont Co. and Monsanto Co. agreed to dismiss their respective antitrust and soybean patent lawsuits and enter into licensing agreements for making genetically modified crops.

Monsanto will dismiss its claim that DuPont infringed patents for Roundup Ready soybeans and DuPont will dismiss its claim that Monsanto uses uses monopoly power to stifle innovation, the companies said today in a joint statement. Both lawsuits have been pending in U.S. federal court in St. Louis.

DuPont’s Pioneer seed unit will license the newest versions of Monsanto soybeans engineered to tolerate Roundup and other weedkillers and make a series of royalty payments to Monsanto totaling $1.75 billion through 2023, the companies said.

The agreement follows recent legal victories by St. Louis- based Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, over DuPont in the $34 billion seed market. A U.S. jury in August ordered DuPont to pay Monsanto $1 billion for infringing seed patents. The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general late last year dropped probes into industry antitrust concerns raised by DuPont.

 

--Editors: Simon Casey, Jessica Resnick-Ault

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Jack Kaskey in Houston at jkaskey@bloomberg.net

 

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at scasey4@bloomberg.net

 

Back to news

Comments

 

Rate this News Article:

Spell Check

No comments have been posted to this News Article

Markets

Market Data provided by Barchart.com
brought-by

Corn College TV Education Series

2014_Team_Shot_with_Logo

Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!

 
Close