NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Supreme Court on Monday, Feb. 28, will hear an infringement case between Stanford University and Roche Molecular Systems related to PCR patents for detecting HIV load and for monitoring effectiveness of treatments.

In the 2005 lawsuit, which Stanford said could have "a significant impact on research universities across the country," the university claimed that Roche has been infringing three patents and that it filed the suit only after years of attempting to get the company to license the IP.

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