The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that a federal law known as the Bayh-Dole Act does not displace the long-established rule that rights in an invention belong to the inventor and that title to federally funded inventions does not automatically vest in federal contractors. Bd. of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior Univ. v. Roche Molecular Sys., Inc., No. 09-1159 (U.S., decided June 6, 2011). Additional information about the case, which involves a patent dispute between a biotech company and a university researcher who worked on the technology, appears in Issues 2 and 9 of this Bulletin.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Intellectual Property Partner Peter Strand has provided a summary and analysis of the Court’s opinion as part of his monthly IpQ series of newsletters.