Laws affecting business are generally designed to enhance economic activity within the applicable jurisdictions. This also includes laws pertaining to intellectual property rights in Michigan or in any other state. Intellectual property laws ensure that the creator of a novel business idea or technology will be able to bring the product or service to the market without worrying that somebody will steal the idea. However, disagreements over intellectual property rights can require commercial litigation in order to resolve conflicts.
Recently this is what happened with Varian Medical Systems Inc. which manufactures medical imaging equipment. The company ran into a dispute with a local university over patent rights involving some of the technology the company uses in its equipment. The university sued the company over the alleged patent violation in 2007.