Academic researchers have regularly ignored patents on key technologies as a strategy to maneuver around patent thickets and freedom-to-operate issues, but they may be more at risk than they realize.
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Yancey, A., Stewart, C. Are university researchers at risk for patent infringement?. Nat Biotechnol 25, 1225–1228 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt1107-1225
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