U.S. Bill Would Protect Research Collaborations From Patent Challenges

Law360, New York (November 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Congress has passed a bill designed to shield private companies that collaborate with universities from legal challenges to their patents, a move that is likely to bolster biotech companies in particular.

The Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act, passed last week as part of omnibus appropriations legislation, would defuse a federal court ruling that had threatened the validity of patents arising from collaborative efforts between universities and private companies.

The bill would amend a provision in the Bayh-Dole Act, which encourages research collaboration...
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