Federal Court of Canada justice Andrew MacKay has calculated how much
Percy Schmeiser owes
In an April 17 judgment he awarded the chemical company $153,000 to
cover its legal costs, such as lawyer fees, witness fees and
The damages stem from a March 29, 2001 decision in which MacKay found
Schmeiser guilty of patent infringement for growing Roundup Ready
canola without paying for the technology.
In addition to the legal fees, Schmeiser owes Monsanto $19,832 plus
interest, which represents the profits he got from selling the crop of
canola he illegally grew in 1998. He is also forbidden from planting,
harvesting or marketing Roundup Ready canola in the future.
Schmeiser has launched an appeal of the decision that found him
responsible for growing Roundup Ready canola without a licence. The
case is scheduled to be heard in Saskatoon on May 15-16.
It is unlikely he will be forced to pay any of the damages to Monsanto
until that appeal has been heard.