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Monsanto, Dupont Agree To $1.5 Billion Licensing Deal

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Monsanto, Dupont Agree To $1.5 Billion Licensing Deal

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Monsanto, Dupont Agree To $1.5 Billion Licensing Deal

Monsanto, Dupont Agree To $1.5 Billion Licensing Deal

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Genetically-modified seeds — and the technology to produce them — have been at the center of a bitter legal fight between the two companies. Dupont will pay Monsanto more than $1.5 billion in the deal. With that, the companies will drop their patent and antitrust claims against each other.

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NPR's business news begins with a seedy legal battle.

Genetically-modified seeds - and the technology to produce them - have been at the center of a bitter legal fight between two companies - Monsanto and DuPont. It appears the battle has now been settled. DuPont will be paying Monsanto more than $1.5 billion in a licensing deal. With that, the companies will drop their patent and antitrust claims against each other. A $1 billion jury verdict against DuPont will also be dropped.

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