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A non-governmental organisation has moved the Supreme Court, asking the government to challenge a patent given to a Texas-based company for basmati rice, or move the dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organisation. The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, urged the court to direct the government to protect the country's biodiversity in conformity with the Convention on Biological Diversity. It also said that the US patent for basmati rice was in violation of the sovereign rights of India.