IP at the Supreme Court Series: Bowman v. Monsanto

Supreme Court Building

February 19, 2013
4:15pm | Room 602 

Reception to Follow


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

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


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.


Decision: May 13, 2013
Argument: TranscriptAudio

All briefs available on SCOTUSblog: Bowman v. Monsanto