Universities are no strangers to litigation but traditionally have been defendants of lawsuits rather than plaintiffs. As they become increasingly focused on boosting licensing proceeds from patenting and technology transfer activities, however, some universities are more aggressively asserting patent infringement cases.
“Universities are complex beasts,” says Jacob Rooksby, a student in the Higher Education Ph.D. program. On one hand litigation is risky and expensive. It has intangible costs, as well, such as negative reactions from the public that may ultimately lead to funding cuts or decreases in sponsored research funding.
Read more in the Spring 2012 Curry alumni magazine.