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Critics Say Rulings Give State U. License to Steal

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2267-2269
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2267

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Recent Supreme Court decisions may have given states, including research universities, a leg up on the competition by making them immune from suits over patent infringement. Many lawmakers and biomedical executives are pushing Congress to pass legislation closing what they see as a potential multibillion-dollar loophole in the patent laws. But some academics and state officials say that Congress should wait to see if a problem develops before acting.