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Many weigh in on Stanford v. Roche, siding with Stanford

Things are looking up for Stanford in Stanford v. Roche, the university intellectual property case headed for the Supreme Court.

In December, the court scheduled the case for oral argument on Feb. 28, 2011.

Eight separate parties, including the United States Solicitor General, filed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs, all supporting Stanford’s side of the case. Essentially, they all say that the federal technology transfer law, Bayh-Dole, trumps any contracts that an inventor may have signed — when that inventor is federally funded.

See tech.mit.edu/V130/N61/stanfordroche for the briefs.

— John A. Hawkinson