Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Subsequent Events

Subsequent Events
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
Subsequent Events

14. Subsequent Events

In December 2013, the Company entered into a Research and Commercial License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) with a subsidiary of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (“Bayer”), pursuant to which we granted Bayer a license to certain patents for the research and commercialization of certain products developed with our TALEN technology. The Company believes that Bayer, which has agreed to acquire Monsanto, Inc. and also to sell a significant portion of its seeds business to BASF SE, has breached the License Agreement by filing patent applications in violation of the License Agreement’s provisions and by failing to make a payment due under the License Agreement. As described elsewhere in this Annual Report, the Company’s commercial success depends, in part, on obtaining and maintaining proprietary rights to intellectual property and defending these rights against third-party challenges. Accordingly, the Company gave notice to Bayer of its termination of the License Agreement, and on March 12, 2018, the Company filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court alleging that it properly terminated the License Agreement for Bayer’s material breach. The Company has requested a declaration that the License Agreement has terminated and an order of specific performance requiring Bayer to comply with its post-termination obligations. The Company does not expect to incur any significant losses as a result of the proceedings. However, litigation is inherently uncertain, and there can be no assurances with respect to the outcome or consequences of this litigation.