Supreme Court ruled on patent rights to HIV testing process

On June 6, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Board of Trustees of Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems that the titles of inventions developed through federally funded research do not automatically belong to the university where the research was conducted. The dispute concerned a Stanford employee that had developed a method to test for HIV in blood samples. The Court determined that the Bayh-Doyle Act did not override existing patent law regarding an inventor's rights to his or her invention belonging to an inventor. This determination ensured that Stanford could not claim title to inventions developed by employees prior to their employment at the university.

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