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Supreme Court: patent law trumps Bayh-Dole

Karen Bolipata, New York

The Supreme Court has affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision in Stanford v Roche, finding that the Bayh-Dole Act does not automatically vest title to federally funded inventions in federal contractors

“Although much in intellectual property law has changed in the 220 years since the first Patent Act, the basic idea that inventors have the right to patent their inventions has not,” said the Court.

The opinion was issued today in...

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