High Court To Weigh Rights In Gov’t-Funded Inventions

Law360, New York (November 1, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a dispute between Stanford University and Roche Molecular Systems Inc. over whether individual inventors or contractors retain intellectual property rights to federally funded inventions.

Following its Friday conference, the high court granted Stanford’s petition for a writ of certiorari to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in favor of the pharmaceutical company.

The case concerns the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows institutions such as universities, nonprofits and small business contractors to retain...
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