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Patent Trouble at Stanford

The American Council on Education is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear the case of Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems, in which Stanford is suing for control of several patents developed by a university-employed inventor who signed over ownership rights to Roche as part of a consulting agreement, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. ACE, which is joined by dozens of universities and educational organizations, says that a federal appeals court ruling from 2009, AsymmetRx Inc. v. Biocare Medical LLC, which could decide the case in favor of Roche, would "cloud universities' title to thousands of federally funded inventions, contrary to Congress's intent and the public interest," the Chronicle says. Stanford University first filed suit against Roche in 2005, ACE says, and a federal district court ruled in favor of the school. The appeals court disagreed, however, "saying that Stanford lacked complete ownership of the patents due to the specific wording of an agreement that Stanford requires researchers to sign," ACE adds.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.