University Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management

A Lecture and Panel Discussion on the Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems Case

A Supreme Court Hearing on the Bayh-Dole Act

University of Rochester Medical Center
April 21, 2011

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester presented a lecture and panel discussion on the implications of the Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems case. This case, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, will attempt to resolve whether an individual inventor may unilaterally terminate a university's right under the Bayh-Dole Act relating to inventions arising from federally funded research. The case has wide ranging implications to universities, individual inventors, and companies licensing or considering licensing technologies from universities and other non-profit organizations.

This event began with a talk by William Hulsey, an expert on this case who has lectured on it internationally. The lecture was followed by a panel session where representatives from the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology IP licensing departments explained the IP policies of their universities. Also on the panel was a Rochester patent attorney with extensive industrial experience as an in-house council. The audience was able to learn the steps they should take to avoid uncertainty in IP ownership when universities and university faculty engage with corporations in research and development.

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