The Indian Competition Authority opens investigation into abuse of dominance by global hybrid seeds manufacturer through its alleged excessive royalties (Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare / Mahyco Monsanto Biotech)

CCI to investigate global hybrid seeds giant Monsanto for abuse of dominance in relation to excessive royalties for Bt cotton seeds* CCI by its majority order dated February 10, 2016 has initiated a detailed investigation into the allegedly excessive royalty fee charged by Monsanto, Inc. (USA) through its subsidiary in India, Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) Ltd. (Mahyco) for licensing of its patented Bt. Cotton seeds technology to Indian seeds companies. The investigation has been ordered in pursuance to the reference made by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MOA&FW), Govt. of India as well as cases filed by several other seeds producers. It has been alleged that seed producers entered into sub-license agreement with Monsanto for procuring its Bt. cotton

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Man Mohan Sharma, The Indian Competition Authority opens investigation into abuse of dominance by global hybrid seeds manufacturer through its alleged excessive royalties (Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare / Mahyco Monsanto Biotech), 10 February 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2016, Art. N° 87731

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