The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider how patent rules apply to self-replicating technologies, accepting an appeal from a farmer seeking to circumvent Monsanto Co.’s planting restrictions on its genetically modified seeds.
Huntsman Corp. agreed to buy Rockwood Holdings Inc.’s titanium-dioxide assets for $1.1 billion to create the world’s second-largest producer of the white pigment, with plans to sell shares in the new business.
Ashland Inc., which soared to a record this month after activist Jana Partners LLC disclosed a stake in the company, stands to boost the lowest valuation in the specialty-chemicals industry by breaking itself up.
Rockwood Holdings Inc., the world’s largest producer of lithium products, agreed to acquire Talison Lithium Ltd. for about C$724 million ($728 million) to diversify its supply of the metal used in rechargeable batteries.
Monsanto Co.’s claim that DuPont Co. owes $1 billion for infringing a patent on herbicide-tolerant crops and a counterclaim the patent was obtained through deception will go to a jury after lawyers present closing arguments today.
Rockwood Holdings Inc., the world’s largest producer of lithium products, is considering the sale of a ceramic-materials unit generating $550 million in annual revenue, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.