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Universities Ask Supreme Court To Reverse Patent Ruling

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Science  03 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5603, pp. 26-27
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5603.26a

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This week, academic research powerhouses asked the Supreme Court to review--and ultimately overturn--a patent decision that they believe will hinder research by forcing scientists to obtain permission before using patented technologies. Critics say the October decision, in Madey v. Duke University, effectively ends a 170-year-old practice of allowing scientists to freely borrow patented technologies for limited use in basic research that isn't aimed at commercial ventures.