By Doug Macron

The University of Utah last week dropped the University of Massachusetts as a defendant from its lawsuit over rights to key RNAi-related intellectual property in order to avoid a legal showdown in front of the US Supreme Court.

Rather than put the lawsuit on hold while it petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case, the University of Utah said that “a more appropriate approach” would be to amend its complaint to replace UMass as a defendant with “culpable Massachusetts state officials.”

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