Posts Tagged ‘supreme court’

Stanford goes to Court….

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Future site of the IP smackdown

…and not just any court.  The Supreme Court.

Just this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review an intellectual property case between Stanford University and Roche, a company that focuses on diagnostics and drugs for infectious diseases.

The case, entitled “Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.,” will profoundly influence the way America assesses patent rights with regard to university and government funding.

Holodniy's work on PCR for HIV testing are the root of the controversy

The controversy stems from developments in HIV testing using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology conducted by Stanford fellow Mark Holodniy in the late 1980s.  Holodniy’s team relied substantially upon generous research grants provided by Stanford University and the National Institutes of Health, a federal agency.  When Holodniy joined Stanford as a Research Fellow in the Department of Infectious Disease in 1988, he signed a “Copyright and Patent Agreement” (“CPA”) that obligated him to assign his inventions to the university.  The next year, Holodniy began collaborations with local biotech company Cetus Corp.

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The 2nd Annual Unabridged List of Suggested Dorm Themes

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Sometimes, even the most competent RAs need a little help. And while we cannot help them counsel and give advice, we can, in fact, contribute to an even more important part of their job–choosing the pun that will define their dorm.

Last year, with some help, I created this list (on page 2, though you should read the whole thing), which was met with a very positive response–and some of the dorm themes even got used this year. And so I’m back again this year, moving to the blog, with the complete list of suggested dorm themes for the upcoming school year.

And now, without further ado (except for the further ado of thanking all of the people who contributed to this–namely the great people with me here at Stanford in Washington): the list. Let us know your favorites or, if you think you can out-pun us, your own suggestions. Who knows–it could make it onto next year’s list.

Ginsburg is excited about the freshmen. Can you say cloak party?

Wilbur Hall, Home of the Supreme Court
SANDRA DAY OKADA
SONIA SOTOMAYOR
RUTH CEDRO GINSBURG
JUNIPEARL WARREN
ARROYOLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.
WILLIAM H. RINCQUIST
DAVID SOUTERO
BROWN V. BOARD OF TRANCOS

Stern Hall

This was a historic moment for Stern.

JUSTIN BIEBURBANK (All the freshman girls want to live here)
LEWIS AND CLARKIN
CASA ZAPOPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
TWAINT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH (Remember the Twaintans-themed, starring Denzel Washingtwain)
SERRAHM EMANUEL (The counterpart to 2009’s Serra Palin)
RAMADONNER

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