Case33_Monsanto - Is it ethical What are the implications...

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Assignment Questions 1. Do the differences between genetically modified seeds and traditional seeds pose any ethical issues? What is the basis for the objections to genetically modified seeds? 2. What is the basis of Monsanto’s legal claims against farmers such as Mr. Schmeiser whose crops are cross-pollinated with Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds? Do you believe these claims are legitimate? How do U.S. and Canadian patent laws differ? 3. What actions has Monsanto taken to protect the intellectual property related to its seeds? What are the social implications of these programs? What are the reputational implications for Monsanto? 4. Does Monsanto’s vigorous prosecution of farmers found with plants grown with Monsanto’s seeds on their lands make sense?
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Unformatted text preview: Is it ethical? What are the implications to Monsanto’s ability to protect their patents if they do not pursue these infringements? 5. How important are genetically modified seeds and the patents protecting the intellectual property related to these seeds to Monsanto’s business? What is your assessment of how well Monsanto performed financially during the 2003-2005 period? Please use the financial ratio summary in Table 4.1 of Chapter 4 as a guide in coming up with calculations to support your evaluation of Monsanto’s financial performance. 6. Should Monsanto continue its current course of protection of its intellectual property? How could Monsanto’s patent be protected without suing individual farmers?...
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