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Tech transfer bill in the House would rewrite key Bayh-Dole provisions

from Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Aug. 18, 2011 issue: The Bayh-Dole Act and the more than $2 billion-a-year industry it spawned through technology transfer from academia survived its strongest challenge in June when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Stanford v. Roche case. It held, by a 7-2 vote, that Roche shares ownership with Stanford University in three U.S. patents for a PCR-based test kit to detect and quantify levels of HIV in the blood. Eleven days before that decision was rendered, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would rewrite two of Bayh-Dole's most important provisions. The aim of this bill is to revive the nation's manufacturing sector and create a source of federal funds for science, technology, engineering and math education. more

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