Stanford University and several other research institutions have convinced the US Supreme Court to hear a case that could determine once and for all whether universities can claim ownership of faculty inventions paid for by government research dollars, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Goldie Blumenstyk. The case, Stanford v. Roche, began in 2005 when Stanford sued a company now owned by Roche for patent infringement.

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