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Monsanto Anti-Farmers Patents

In September 2006, PUBPAT filed formal requests with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to revoke four patents owned by Monsanto Company that the agricultural giant is using to harass, intimidate, sue - and in many cases bankrupt - American farmers. In its filings, PUBPAT submitted prior art showing that the patents were undeserved and, as such, should be revoked. The U.S.P.T.O. granted each of those requests in November 2006, finding that PUBPAT had raised "substantial new questions of patentability" with respect to every claim of each patent. In February, May, June and July 2007, the Patent Office issued complete rejections of all four patents.

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