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Universities, Hospitals Join Patent Litigation Bonanza

Law360 (July 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Not long ago, it was nearly unheard of for universities or hospitals to litigate patent cases. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, for example, did not even file a patent application in its first 80 years of existence, according to Coe Bloomberg, a partner at Jones Day.

Soon after the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, which allowed universities and other nonprofits to retain ownership of inventions made with federal funds, a Cedars-Sinai researcher developed a new method of producing factor VIII, a protein essential...
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