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Academia Gets No Help From U.S. in Patent Case

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Science  13 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5626, pp. 1635-1637
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5626.1635a

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The U.S. government's top lawyer has recommended that the Supreme Court reject pleas from Duke University and other institutions to review a lower court ruling that could end a 190-year-old practice of allowing academic scientists free use of patented tools in basic research.