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Stanford loses patent dispute over HIV test

from Nature News Blog

The United States Supreme Court upheld Roche's claim to an HIV diagnostic test, overruling Stanford University's argument that the intellectual property belonged solely to the university because it was developed by a Stanford researcher. Robin Rasor, president of the Association of University Technology Managers, wrote that many U.S. universities have used language similar to Stanford's, but that they are taking action to address the matter. Still, the decision does not necessarily pose a widespread threat to university patents, she writes: "While the decision leaves open the possibility that title could be called into question to inventions made and assigned under 'promise to assign' language, the fact remains that the Holodniy invention is the only case in which there have been dueling assignments in almost 250,000 invention disclosures submitted over 30 years." more


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