SG To Weigh In On Stanford, Roche HIV Patent Case

Law360, New York (June 28, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on a patent dispute over HIV test kits between Stanford University and Roche Molecular Systems Inc. that raises questions about when universities can maintain ownership of inventions made under government-funded programs.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in September that Stanford lacked standing to sue Roche for patent infringement.

The Federal Circuit ruled that one of the university’s researchers, Mark Holodniy, had assigned patent rights to Cetus, a company...
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