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High Court Reins In Patent Pirates

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Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1778-1779
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5574.1778b

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The U.S. Supreme Court has scaled back a controversial lower court ruling that some feared would open the door to wholesale copying of patented inventions. Research universities and some technology firms are applauding last week's unanimous decision, saying it will help protect valuable discoveries. But others say it will do little to reduce the growing number of costly patent fights.