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UW-Madison's patent-licensing arm must pay at least $32 million to ex-research partner

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WARF misled another university about their shared patent’s true financial value and kept 99% of royalties to itself, according to court records.

UW-Madison’s patent-licensing arm “actively concealed” information from a former research partner and must pay back at least $32 million in patent royalties, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled late last month. Washington University in St. Louis sued the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, also known as WARF, in 2013 over a dispute about a joint pharmaceutical patent involving a kidney dialysis drug. A district court judge ruled in favor of Washington University in late 2018, finding that WARF had misled its research partner about the patent’s true financial value and kept 99% of the patent’s royalties to itself.

But the 3rd U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling, citing “extensive evidence” of the organization’s refusal to share the very information Washington University needed to determine it had a valid claim to sue. WARF helps fuel UW-Madison’s research enterprise by patenting inventions from university researchers, licensing the technologies to companies for commercialization, and investing the revenue to fund more campus research.

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Judge Barbara Crabb, U. S. District judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in 1960 and her law degree in 1962.

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