Congresswoman Kaptur (D-Ohio) renewed her efforts to allow farmers to harvest and replant seeds obtained from plants derived from patented seeds, by introducing the Seed Availability and Competition Act of 2011 (H.R. 307). Agricultural biotech companies who develop genetically engineered seeds to produce crops with improved properties may take comfort in the fact that Kaptur has been introducing legislation along these lines since 2004 to no avail. Still, with growing public mistrust of genetically modified organisms--and genetically modified food in particular--the agricultural biotech industry should not be complacent in the face of efforts to undermine important patent rights. … Continue reading this entry