Syngenta granted fifth transgenic Bt patent - files suit against competitors.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO or USPTO) is an agency in the United States Department of Commerce that provides patent protection to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property in Washington, DC has issued United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. Patent 6,720,488. This patent is the fifth in a series of transgenic patents issued to Syngenta (Washington, DC) in the field of insect resistant corn. All five patents cover synthetic Bt genes that provide useful products to corn growers by conferring resistance to two economically important insect pests: the European corn borer European corn borer: see corn borer. and the corn rootworm root·worm
Any of several beetles of the genus Diabrotica, the larvae of which feed on the roots of various crop plants, especially corn. .
Three of the previously issued patents are the subject of a lawsuit Syngenta filed on July 25, 2002 in Federal District Court in Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. . The lawsuit charges that Monsanto, DeKalb Genetics, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen Seeds are infringing one or more of these patents with their YieldGard and Herculex product lines. The lawsuit is expected to go to trial in November 2004.
Syngenta has filed a new lawsuit in Federal District Court in Wilmington, Delaware seeking damages and injunctive relief injunctive relief n. a court-ordered act or prohibition against an act or condition which has been requested, and sometimes granted, in a petition to the court for an injunction. against the same defendants for the infringement of the latest patent.
Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2003 were approximately $6.6 billion. Syngenta employs more than 19,000 people in over 90 countries.