Stanford Appeal Reignites IP Custody Battle

Law360, New York (November 17, 2010, 1:35 PM EST) -- With the U.S. Supreme court set to take on Stanford University's dispute with Roche Molecular Systems Inc., the intellectual property rules that have long governed ownership of federally funded inventions are now suddenly in doubt, experts said.

The case, which was granted certiorari on Nov. 1, centers on whether inventors or federal contractors retain rights to inventions funded at least in part with federal dollars under Bayh-Dole, which was enacted to help ensure that such inventions are commercialized and made available to the public.

Stanford, which...
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