Feb. 19: Supreme Court Series – Bowman v. Monsanto, Post Argument Discussion


Feb 19, 2013 | 4:15pm | Room 602
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20016 (map)

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court series, counsel for parties and amici will discuss intellectual property cases on the afternoon of oral argument, addressing the reaction of the Court at oral argument.


Professor Jorge Contreras
Washington College of Law, Moderator
Leiter Amanda Cohen Leiter
Washington College of Law
Paul Wolfson
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Counsel for Respondent (Monsanto)
Mark Walters
Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, Counsel for Petitioner (Bowman)
Seth Greenstein
Constantine Cannon LLP, Counsel for Amici Curiae Automotive Aftermarket Industry Ass’n, Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Ass’n & International Imaging Technology Council Supporting Petitioner
Scott P. McBride
McAndrews Held & Malloy LTD, Counsel for Amici Curiae Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation et al. Supporting Affirmance


Decision: May 13, 2013
Argument: Transcript; Audio


Whether the Federal Circuit erred by (1) refusing to find patent exhaustion – a doctrine which eliminates the right to control or prohibit the use of an invention after an authorized sale – in patented seeds that were sold for planting; and (2) creating an exception to the doctrine of patent exhaustion for self-replicating technologies.


Brief for Petitioner Bowman
Brief for Respondent Monsanto

Amicus Briefs

Knowledge Ecology International Amicus Brief
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association Amicus Brief
American Antitrust Institute Amicus Brief
Public Patent Foundation Amicus Brief
Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds Amicus Brief
United States Amicus Brief
BayhDole25 Amicus Brief
American Intellectual Property Law Association Amicus Brief
New York IPLA Amicus Brief
CropLife America Amicus Brief
BSA – The Software Alliance Amicus Brief
American Seed Trade Association Amicus Brief
Washington Legal Foundation Amicus Brief
Biotechnology Industry Organization Amicus Brief
Economists Amicus Brief
Law Professor Christopher M. Holman Amicus Brief
CHS Inc. Amicus Brief
Agilent Technologies Inc. Amicus Brief
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Amicus Brief
American Soybean Association Amicus Brief
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Amicus Brief

SCOTUSblog Entry: Bowman v. Monsanto