Stanford v. Roche: Highlighting the Importance of Best Practices for Employee Assignments

On February 28, 2011, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., Case No. 09-1159, wherein the parties sparred over the scope of a federal contractor university's statutory right to elect to retain title to a "subject invention" under the Bayh-Dole Act, 35 U.S.C. §§ 200-212. This update summarizes the Justices' commentary during oral argument and provides thoughts about best practices regardless of how the Court ultimately rules.

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