The Ohio State Supreme Court last week rejected a suit by an animal rights group demanding videotapes and other materials from a Federally funded program that teaches scientists how to induce and study spinal cord injuries in laboratory rodents. The court ruled that the materials used in Ohio State University College of Medicine?s training program were research-related intellectual property exempt from public disclosure. ?We considered this to be a very, very serious and important case because it amounted to whether or not an outside entity could have access to unpublished data from a researcher?s project,? said OSU spokesman Earl Holland. ?If the court had allowed that, it could have been extrapolated into a whole host of other areas of research, with material not being safeguarded as intellectual property,? he told The Scientist. In April 2005, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a national nonprofit group that...

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