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The importance of utilizing the correct contractual language: Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems

  • Miller Thomson LLP
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  • Canada
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  • June 29 2011

Between 1988 and 1989, Mark Holodniy, an AIDS scientist at Stanford University, signed a couple of agreements, first a Copyright & Patent Agreement (CPA) with Stanford under which he “agreed to assign” to Stanford his intellectual property, and then a Visitor’s Confidentiality Agreement (VSA) with Cetus (a company later purchased by the pharmaceutical company Roche) stating “I will assign and do hereby assign to Cetus” his inventions