Federal Circuit Tackles Sovereign Immunity With Dueling State Universities

Federal Circuit Tackles Sovereign Immunity With Dueling State Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Massachusetts federal judge properly denied a motion to dismiss filed in a dispute over two patents because "a State has no core sovereign interest in inventorship," a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 19 (University of Utah v. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenchaften e.V., et al., Nos. 12-1540, 1541, 1661, Fed. Cir.).

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