$1 billion award to Monsanto against DuPont
Several aspects of Monsanto’s misconduct involving this patent, which were not tried in this case, will be presented to a different jury as part of DuPont’s antitrust and patent misuse case against Monsanto in September 2013, noted Sager.
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. The lawsuit sought to prevent the unlicensed combination of Monsanto's proprietary Roundup Ready herbicide tolerant technologies in soybeans and corn with DuPont's GAT. 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.
UPDATE: DuPont has decided to appeal the $1 billion verdict. Read more here.