World’s largest genetically modified seed manufacturer Monsanto claimed victory today as India’s highest court reinstated their claim for a patent of BT Cotton seed.
The Supreme Court of India overruled the previous order instated by the Delhi High Court which declared the company’s patent on its BT cotton seed variants Bollgard and Bollgard-I, invalid, citing that certain items like seeds, plants, and animals cannot be patented under Indian law.
The US company lost the patent battle two years after a case was filed by India’s Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL), which argued that company was not eligible to claim patents and demanded royalties from Indian seed companies.
The Delhi High Court rejected Monsanto embargoing Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd from selling BT cotton seeds in India. This ruling comes from Monsanto’s challenge in the country’s apex court on 2 May 2018.