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.
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. , the world’s largest seed company, boosted its forecast for free cash flow after posting second-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ estimates on higher sales of herbicide and genetically modified seeds.
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.