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Federal appeals court deals a blow to patenting basic research

Chronicle of Higher Education
24 March 2010

The federal appeals court that handles patent cases has upheld a ruling that could make it harder for universities to obtain patents on the basic research most academics undertake. The ruling, issued Monday, also makes clear that the court was well aware of the effect of its decision.

"The patent law has always been directed to the 'useful arts,' meaning inventions with a practical use," the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wrote in the 9-to-2 decision. "Patents are not awarded for academic theories, no matter how groundbreaking or necessary to the later patentable inventions of others."

Full story from the Chronicle of Higher Education