Supreme Court Justices Weigh Expanding Universities' Rights to Faculty Inventions

Universities pushing for the Supreme Court to strengthen the presumption that a 30-year-old law gives them the right to own inventions that arise from billions of dollars of federally financed research were hit with some pointed challenges to that interpretation during oral arguments on Monday in a case known as Stanford v. Roche.

The court gave no clear indication on how it might decide. But several justices offered spirited resistance to a more explicitly expansive