Intellectual property laws protect inventions and creativity – ultimately resulting in the development of world-class, innovative products. Like other companies that invest in research to develop useful new products, Monsanto commonly seeks intellectual property protection, including patents and often plant breeders’ rights, to cover many of the traits and seed varieties we develop.
- Saved Seed and Farmer Court Cases (1997-2013)
At Monsanto, we’re working with others to address some of the world’s biggest challenges – from combating climate change, to preserving water and other resources, to making a more balanced meal accessible for everyone. No one person or organization has all the solutions to these issues. But we can all do our part.
Independent researchers are able to conduct studies on our seeds, and they do so frequently. Monsanto supports independent research and has agreements with all major agriculture-focused U.S. universities (approximately 100 in total). These agreements enable researchers to conduct independent studies with our patented products with as few constraints as possible.