Alberta farmer fined for Monsanto patent infringement

Monsanto Canada says the Federal Court of Canada has issued a default judgment against Doug Van Verdegem, and Bar V Farms Ltd. of Strathmore, Alberta, for patent infringement pertaining to the Roundup Ready(R) gene in canola.

In a statement, Monsanto said the court determined that Van Verdegem violated the terms and conditions of the contract with Monsanto by planting, growing, harvesting and selling Roundup Ready canola without paying for the technology.

In the statement, Monsanto did not disclose the amount of the award, which it said would be distributed to rural charitable groups through its corporate giving program.

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