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.
Patent Trouble at Stanford
May 03, 2010