In 1997, Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser was spraying weeds on his property with the herbicide Roundup when he discovered that some did not die. Monsanto, Roundup's maker and owner of some 11,000 seed patents, concluded that Schmeiser's plants were actually "Roundup Ready" canola, its own product. Soon Schmeiser, a lifelong seed developer, found himself the defendant in a lawsuit for patent infringement. It mattered not that Schmeiser never actively sought to use the seed--it likely blew onto his property from a strong wind or passing truck. Two courts sided with Monsanto, saying it didn't matter how the cross-pollination occurred. The unlucky Saskatchewan man used up his retirement funds and had to destroy 50 years' worth of personal seed development work because the seeds were corrupted with the... More >>>