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Is the European Patent Office patent award to Monsanto anything other than theft? Can Nature be 'owned"? Should this be resisted?

EPO new award.


P J Proudhon argued that property is Theft.


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  • Jul 11 2013: This is silly.

    First, there is no way that this patent can be enforced. Monsanto would have to sue every broccoli farmer in the European market.

    Second, anyone could get a patent on any natural plant. Soon someone will have patents on the grass growing on the lawns of the capitals of Europe. Will the countries of Europe have to pay a licensing fee to grow grass?

    The legal consequences of this decision are ludicrously absurd.
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      Jul 11 2013: Monsanto would have to sue just one farmer and win. We already allow for people to own and patent seed. How is this any different? We allow people to own land and to exploit the resources on public lands. We privatize all sorts of thing.
      • Jul 11 2013: This is different because it is broccoli, which is not new, is not the invention of anyone, and should not be eligible for a patent. If this goes to court, the judge should throw the case out and fine Monsanto for bringing a frivolous suit, if that is possible. Upholding this patent would make the whole patent system useless. I could patent the apple tree and claim that everyone harvesting apples owes me a fee. It is is ridiculous.

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