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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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.