Brazil says Monsanto's Intacta patent should be voided
Jan. 25, 2018
Aprosoja’s Mato Grosso branch in November asked a Brazil federal court to cancel Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soy seed patent, claiming it did not bring real technological innovation. Intacta’s patent protection extends through October 2022.
In a document dated Jan. 17, the solicitor general’s office said the patent office, INPI, issued a technical opinion in December arguing that the patent, PI0016460-7, “is at odds with legal requirements.”
Monsanto said in a statement on Monday that it was informed of INPI’s opinion and said it will challenge the allegations in due course.
Aprosoja hailed INPI’s opinion as “recognition” by the patent office that Intacta’s patent is not valid.