Proposed patent law changes could result in fewer partnerships between universities and tech startups, experts in academia warn.

Jessica Sebeok, associate vice president for policy at the Association of American Universities, believes universities will suffer unintended consequences if President Barack Obama succeeds in making it tougher for patent holders to defend their intellectual property.

House Resolution 9, a bill known as the Innovation Act that’s backed by Obama and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Verizon, “could have a chilling effect on university technology transfer,” Sebeok told

The measure would treat all non-practicing entities — a term for patent holders who aren’t actively using their patented technologies — as “patent trolls” out to game the system.

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