WASHINGTON, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Supreme Court's ruling Monday in Stanford v. Roche reinforces the historical rights of inventors and sends a strong message to Congress about maintaining those rights.
The decision states that federal technology transfer laws "do not vest title to federally funded inventions in federal contractors or authorize contractors to unilaterally take title to such inventions." It affirms a federal appeals court ruling making Stanford and Roche co-owners of a technology to detect HIV levels in a patient's blood.
IEEE-USA, the American Association of University Professors and IP Advocate joined with Roche in a February amicus curiae brief affirming the decision, arguing that the Constitution and the Patent Act "grant patents solely to individuals," and citing "the longstanding recognition by universities that faculty initially own their inventions and that written assignments are required to transfer title."
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