In another significant international development, on July 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union (more commonly known by its old name, the European Court of Justice or ECJ) ruled against Monsanto Technology LLC (pdf) in its suit against an Argentine company called Cetera and several other parties.
The Court sat in a 13-member Grand Chamber, which is eurojargon for “really big deal,” and issued a ruling which leaves gene patents essentially intact but warns national courts to construe them carefully. (Travel advisory aside: If you ever have a chance to visit the Court in Luxembourg, do. Its magnificently robed judges sit in medieval splendor in a hideous modern building. Lawyers (usually several per case), robed almost as magnificently, read long and pompous arguments that are translated into many languages. The judges, apparently having already decided the case, ask no questions and seem to pay no attention. The rulings are logically convoluted and delivered in baroque language. Everyone seems immensely pleased with the spectacle.)