In a court case that could have huge ramifications on the biotechnology sector and patent law in general, Supreme Court justices have signaled that Monsanto is in a strong position to defend patent rights over the use of its genetically-engineered seeds. A 75-year-old Indiana farmer claims that he should be able to plant second-generation Monsanto seeds without violating patent rights, but at this early stage (the ruling won’t come until June) it looks like Monsanto has a good shot of coming out of this on top. [Source: Reuters]