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Crop-seed patent suit finally bears fruit (access required)

The wheels of justice turn slowly indeed. A federal court in North Carolina has awarded over $5.3 million in attorneys’ fees to lawyers for Dow Agrosciences in a case that took 17 years to see from start to finish. Some of the attorneys arguing before the court weren’t even practicing law yet when the case began its journey in October of 1995. The dispute started when Plant Genetic Systems, later purchased by Bayer, received a patent for some insect resistant crop seeds. Bayer sued several companies, including Mycogen Plant Science, now owned by Dow, for allegedly infringing those patents.

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