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NIH to Limit Scope of Foreign Patents

Science  28 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5577, pp. 2316
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5577.2316a

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The National Institutes of Health plans to limit the future patent rights of all foreign recipients of grants and contracts to the awardee's own country and have NIH retain the rights elsewhere on the grounds that allowing foreigners patent rights could put U.S. companies at a "disadvantage." The proposal has sparked an uproar and even left U.S. university officials wondering how it might affect collaborations.