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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
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