Brian W. Hayes | Samuel T. Lockner

For the past several years, Carlson Caspers has represented one of the largest agribusinesses companies in the world, DuPont Pioneer®. Although much of the firm’s work on behalf of DuPont Pioneer® involves confidential information, one public example of its representation is in its negotiation with Monsanto Company over the genetically modified trait known as Roundup Ready 2, one of the largest patent licensing agreements ever struck. Brian Hayes and Sam Lockner of Carlson Caspers assisted DuPont Pioneer in the complex negotiations on this matter, which resulted in DuPont Pioneer gaining broad, royalty-bearing licenses to Monsanto’s new technology, and being allowed to stack multiple traits in the same product. Both companies also agreed to dismiss all existing antitrust and patent infringement actions against each other with respect to their technology for genetically modified seeds.