Monsanto and DuPont continue litigation
"The materials uncovered from DuPont files during this case highlight that DuPont's senior leaders were actively working to hide the fact their OGAT technology had failed and were using elaborate schemes to cover that up with the unlicensed use of our technology," Snively added. "They knew the OGAT technology didn't work for years, but opted to tell a much different story to their customers and to Wall Street. It is deeply disappointing that repeated requests to DuPont's leadership and board to investigate their own internal actions were not addressed and corrected, which ultimately required the matter go to trial."
Monsanto's Roundup Ready technology was first commercially introduced in 1996 in soybean seed. It was the first genetically modified seed that allowed a non-selective herbicide, Roundup, to be applied over an emerged crop without injury to the crop.
Monsanto originally filed suit against DuPont and DuPont Pioneer in May 2009, and as noted, DuPont filed a countersuit months later. Monsanto reported it offered a licensing agreement to DuPont at multiple times prior to and throughout the duration of the trial, but the Delaware-based company refused to accept any of the offers.