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Appeals Court Clears Way for Academic Suits

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Science  20 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5529, pp. 411-413
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5529.411b

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Postdocs and junior faculty members generally have a tough time convincing a court to hear their grievances when they feel they've been denied a share in the financial rewards from discoveries they participated in. Now, a unanimous ruling by a court of appeals that patent attorneys say sets a strong precedent for similar cases may make the trip to the courthouse a little easier.