Law360, New York (June 8, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT) -- In Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine ownership rights pertaining to federally funded inventions. On June 6, 2011, the Supreme Court provided guidance on this matter via Chief Justice John G. Roberts' opinion.
The court held that a federally funded invention does not automatically vest ownership of the invention to a federal contractor or authorize a federal contractor to unilaterally take title to the invention.
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