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Diagnosis: Third School, Same Alleged Infringement

Following similar suits against two other universities, University of Edinburgh sued for alleged copyright infringement

On May 10, 2021, MMAS Research LLC ("MMAS") and Dr. Donald E. Morisky ("Morisky") (MMAS and Morisky jointly "Plaintiffs") filed suit against the University of Edinburgh and a researcher, Sahar Khonsari, who have conducted medical research studies at the university (collectively "Defendants").

The Plaintiffs' complaint alleges that the Defendants violated the Plaintiff's copyright in a medical diagnostic tool called the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (the "Scale"). The Plaintiffs claim that the Defendants exceeded the scope of their license agreement. The Plaintiffs also allege that, among other things, the Defendants published the results of the Scale to clinicaltrials.gov for public viewing.

The Plaintiffs allege breach of contract, copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair business practices. The Plaintiffs are seeking, among other things, injunctive relief and statutory damages.

Similar suits were filed against University of Massachusetts in April and Duke University in March. The post about University of Massachusetts can be found here, and the post about Duke University here.