Government and university research institutions are major players in the patent world, parlaying their inventions into big money in the form of licensing revenue and royalties while doing work they tout as being in the public interest.
But their ability to collect large sums for their inventions may be in jeopardy because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in eBay Inc. v. MercExchange LLC, 126 S.Ct. 1837 (2006), which tightened the rules on granting permanent injunctions in patent infringement cases. A powerful collection of large corporations says research organizations do not deserve injunctions any more than other patent holders that do not make products using their inventions. Read more