In a remarkable turn of events, the government of the United States of America recalled pre-millenial times when it did its job and stood up to corporations who went over the line and acted destructively toward the American citizen:
NEW YORK – July 24, 2007 -- The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected four key Monsanto patents related to genetically modified crops that PUBPAT challenged last year because the agricultural giant is using them to harass, intimidate, sue - and in some cases literally bankrupt - American farmers. In its Office Actions rejecting each of the patents, the USPTO held that evidence submitted by PUBPAT, in addition to other prior art located by the Patent Office's Examiners, showed that Monsanto was not entitled to any of the patents.
In other news, Jon W. Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has tendered his resignation effective immediately. Mr. Dudas cited the need to spend more time with his family in his resignation, noting that pissing off the world's largest agribusiness firm had nothing to do with his leaving DC and moving to the Kaczynski cabin in Montana.
(okay, I made up the whole last paragraph. Not like it won't be true by next week though.)