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Are states exempt from patent law?


States' Rights Split Evident at
Patent Argument

Kennedy's the key in bid to stop infringement

By Kenneth Jost 
The Recorder/Cal Law
Wednesday, April 21, 1999

WASHINGTON -- Business interests clashed
with states' rights in a pair of U.S. Supreme Court
cases Tuesday testing whether state-operated
commercial enterprises can be sued in federal
court for patent infringement or false advertising.

The justices appeared to be divided along normal
ideological lines as they struggled to apply
constitutional principles written 200 years ago to
the modern world of state-run businesses and
laboratories that engage increasingly in
competition with those in the private sector.



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