When farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman walked into an Indiana courtroom four years ago to face off against biotechnology giant Monsanto Co., he argued in his own defense.
Today, standing in the U.S. Supreme Court, Bowman, 75, will have a fleet of attorneys beside him — and the eyes of the business world on his case.
The hearings bring the Creve Coeur-based company into the country’s highest court, and could have consequences that go well beyond the company’s interests, and beyond agriculture.
In 2007, Monsanto sued Bowman, saying he infringed on its patent when he planted the offspring of the company’s Roundup Ready soybeans. Bowman argued that the progeny of those beans fell beyond the reach of the patent.
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