The University of Utah last week fired back at a bid by University of Massachusetts officials to have an RNAi technology intellectual property lawsuit dismissed, arguing that the court hearing the case — and not the US Supreme Court, as the officials contend — is the appropriate venue for the litigation.

The UMass defendants have “repeatedly cast” the University of Utah as a “'forum shopper' attempting an 'end run' around the Supreme Court's jurisdiction,” the University of Utah said in the court filing. “These pejoratives misrepresent the true circumstances.”

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