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Roche wins as high court limits university patent rights

from Bloomberg

The United States Supreme Court, in a ruling that limits the patent rights of research universities, threw out Stanford University's suit against a Roche Holding AG unit over methods for testing the effectiveness of AIDS treatments. Voting 7-2, the justices upheld a lower court's conclusion that a scientist working at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., transferred his rights to the discoveries to a company whose line of business Roche later bought. Under the court's reasoning, the transfer made the company a co-owner of three disputed patents. The ruling is a setback for universities, which had contended the transfer was barred under a U.S. law that governs federally funded research. Universities said earlier that a ruling favoring Roche might cast doubt on patents stemming from hundreds of billions of dollars in research. more

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