Under Financial Pressure, Universities Give Patent Buyers a Closer Look

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Kymeta

A researcher at Kymeta, a company in Redmond, Wash., works on a satellite antenna that was developed out of a commercial relationship with Duke U., where materials for the antenna were developed. Intellectual Ventures set up the partnership.

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Kymeta

A researcher at Kymeta, a company in Redmond, Wash., works on a satellite antenna that was developed out of a commercial relationship with Duke U., where materials for the antenna were developed. Intellectual Ventures set up the partnership.

The leading association of university technology managers is re-examining a pledge to shun companies that buy patent rights as a litigation strategy, after several member institutions were found to be working with a reputed pioneer of the practice.

The institutions, including the California Institute of Technology and Duke University, were reported in September to be in partnership with Intellectual Ventures, a company known for assembling portfolios of patents sometimes used in