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Judge Turns Rochester's Golden Patent Into Lead

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1638-1639
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1638a

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A federal judge last week ruled invalid the University of Rochester's sweeping claim to some lucrative anti-inflammatory drugs, dismissing the patent as "little more than a research plan." The university will appeal the ruling, which legal experts say could rein in inventors making similarly broad claims based on basic research findings.