High Court Grapples With Gov’t-Funded Patent Rights

Law360, New York (February 28, 2011, 8:40 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with the question of whether a 1980 law governing patent rights for federally funded research gives contractors an interest in resulting inventions or whether patent law automatically gives those rights to inventors.

The justices heard oral arguments in a dispute between Stanford University and Roche Molecular Systems Inc. that involves the Bayh-Dole Act, a federal law allowing universities, nonprofits and small business contractors to retain rights to inventions arising from federally funded research with the aim of commercializing government-supported...
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