>Following 18 months of controversy and intense popular
>opposition around the world, Monsanto CEO Robert B. Shapiro has
>advised Gordon Conway, President of the Rockefeller Foundation
>that Monsanto has decided to abandon plans to commercialize
>Terminator Technology (causing crop seed to become sterile at
>harvest time). Monsanto's open letter to Rockefeller is
there's one thing i do not understand:
monsanto is NOT the owner of the technology-protection-
patent aka "terminator". this is owned, as meanwhile we all know, by
delta & pine land AND the usda. delta & pine land is NOT yet merged
with monsanto (and maybe will never be). so what does shapiro meddle
with other companies affairs AND esp. PROPERTY ?? why doesn't the
rockefeller institute address the USDA, but instead the (even wrong
!!!) company ??
and another thing:
the usda (the co-owner) meanwhile has clearly stated, that they
would not accept the "terminator"-technology in commercial
applications. so: what happens with the common house, when a
couple seperates ? yep, the lawyer costs so much money, that you
will have to sell that house. so maybe shapiro is wise enough to
see (provided there will ever be a merger), that a legal battle with
the usda, will be a no- win-situation. the fact, that all the other
life- science companies have complained (and quite unusual,
they did it publicly!!) about monsanto's aggressive behavior, might
have added to a rethinking of monsanto's own position. and in case
of all these technology-protection systems monsanto really was the
scapegoat of the other. anyone here, who believes, that you can
invent AND get a patent for such a system within 3 months ?
ridiculous. but when you take a look at the time, the other
companies came up with own patents, you find more or less these 3
months. so monsanto (resp. d&p) was the company, who started the
first test-balloon and the others were waiting for the result....
in the verminator-patent you could even read, that the patent
for seed "sterilisation" by promotor/repressor/recombinase
"is not desirable per se"
why then did they pay the half a million for patent lawyers ??
> Under-Secretary of
> Agriculture Richard Rominger told RAFI that USDA refuses to
> the patent it co-owns with Delta & Pine Land (a Mississippi-based
> company in the process of being acquired by Monsanto) because it
> to see the technology widely licensed.
hey, i definitely have another paper from an official USDA
representantive at home, that CLEARLY states, that the usda will
NOT accept AND use this technology. does the right hand of that
"company" does not know, what it's left hand is doing ???? time to
cut ONE of these hands !!
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