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Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems

Docket No.: 09-1159
Certiorari Granted: 11/01/10
Argued: February 28, 2011
Decided: 06/06/11

Topics:

copyright, patent, property rights

PartyNames: Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., et al.
Petitioner: Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
Respondent: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Citation: 583 F.3d 832
Supreme Court Docket

Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
v.
Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., et al.
Question Presented:

Whether a federal contractor university's statutory right under the Bayh-Dole Act, 35 U.S.C. ยงยง 200-212, in inventions arising from federally funded research can be terminated unilaterally by an individual inventor through a separate agreement purporting to assign the inventor's rights to a third party.

Question:

Must patents on inventions that arise from federally-funded research go to the university where the inventor worked?

Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems
ORAL ARGUMENT

02/28/11

Listen to Oral Argument in Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems
Holding: affirmed
Vote: 7-2

Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems
Case Documents

1Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems Oral Argument Audio
2Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
3Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
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5Opinion in Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems
6Opinion in Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems
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