It's the well-worn saga of cops and robbers - with a twist. For the action groups championing basmati rice farmers in India and Pakistan this is crops and robbers, and the stakes are high. Yet US rice grower RiceTec claims that it is being unfairly pilloried, and that the patent it secured for the breeding techniques it uses to create its own basmati is entirely valid and does not affect other basmati varieties. investigates the impact of patent law through the basmati rice controversy.