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The u.s. Supreme Court's ruling June 6, 2011, in Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems (No. 09-1159) reinforced the historical rights of inventors and sent a strong message to Congress about maintaining those rights, according to the IEEE. The decision stated that federal technology-transfer laws “do not vest title to federally funded inventions in federal contractors or authorize contractors to unilaterally take title to such inventions.” It affirmed a federal appeals court ruling making Stanford and Roche co-owners of a patent for technology to detect HIV levels in a patient's blood.
Date of Publication: June 2011