Seed suit settled

Syngenta and DuPont announced today an agreement that settles infringement claims between the seed businesses of the two companies.

The agreement settles claims Syngenta Seeds had brought against DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International in a 2002 patent infringement lawsuit involving Pioneer, Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen, a wholly owned affiliate of Dow AgroSciences.

Under the agreement, Pioneer receives a commercial license to Syngenta patents relating to Herculex1 and YieldGard2 insect resistant corn traits.

The companies also settled claims Pioneer brought against Syngenta in 2002. Pioneer had asserted that Syngenta inappropriately acquired Pioneer proprietary genetic material 15 years ago through a practice known as “chasing selfs.” Syngenta has since terminated the practice.

Additional details of the agreements were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement which recognises the value of our intellectual property rights,” said David Jones, head of Business Development at Syngenta.

Syngenta’s ongoing lawsuit seeks damages and injunctive relief to stop Monsanto, Dow and Mycogen from selling Herculex1 and YieldGard2 insect resistant corn traits. Trial in this lawsuit begins today in US District Court in Delaware.