Stanford v. Roche Could Place Tech Transfer on Shaky Ground
April 5th, 2011 | General » Blog »
If Supreme Court doesn’t overturn previous decision, patent ownership may become tough to verify and impede licensing.
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, the federal law that jumpstarted technology transfer into a $2 billion-plus industry, faces its severest test in the patent dispute pitting Stanford University against Roche Molecular Systems. The case exposed the law’s failure to ensure that researchers and other inventors properly protect their intellectual property rights in ways that do not harm the universities that employ them or the government that funds them.