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NIH Weighs Demand to Force Sharing of AIDS Drug Patents

Science  04 Jun 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5676, pp. 1427-1429
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5676.1427a

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The government's interpretation of a 25-year-old law giving federally funded researchers the right to patent and commercialize their discoveries is being put to the test by a group that wants the National Institutes of Health to intervene on an important anti-AIDS drug.