Inventions Pit Universities Against Professors

Law360, New York (February 8, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A dispute between the University of Alabama and one of its former professors over biotech patents worth millions of dollars highlights the importance of clear rules about who owns academic inventions, experts say.

The University of Alabama has sued one of its former professors – who went on to become the founder of a multi-million dollar biotechnology company – on claims that lucrative patents held by him are rightfully the property of the university.

The suit, filed in an Alabama district court last July, charges Milton...
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