The ruling from India’s highest court assumes significance since India is the world’s No. 1 cotton producer.
On Tuesday, India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto and allowed it to claim patents on its genetically modified cotton seeds, said a source familiar with the matter at hand from Monsanto.
Indian is the world biggest producer of cotton.
In 2018, U.S. seed maker Monsanto, which was acquired by German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer AG, filed an appeal to the Indian Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed that Monsanto cannot claim patents on its GM cotton seeds.
The Delhi High Court had agreed with Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL), an Indian seed company that India’s Patent Act does not allow Monsanto any patent cover for its genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds.