more to digest-RDY-B
The Fortune reporter knows full well:
(1) the onion seed pollination work was done for a large U.S. company,
there was no grant received from Bayer,
(2) the acoustic recorder is better at pesticide detection than pathogens
- the latter part of the development is an ongoing research project still
being funded by USDA.
(3) we weren't asked by NYT to disclose our funding sources, it wasn't
brought up, and there was no need since this information is required by PloS
ONE before they will even review a paper. You can find it on the PloS ONE
(4) Bee Alert Technology, Inc. is a technology transfer company that is
legally recognized as an independent company in the State of Montana,
affiliated with the University of Montana. It is MT State Board of Regents
Approved and has been since the early 2000s. Intellectual property agreements
are in place, stipulating issues such as patents, IP rights, licensing, and
if we ever make any money - which seems a LONG way off, the University
receives an established royalty for research and education.
This all came about because of changes in Federal Law ensuing from the
1980 Bayh–Dole Act or University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act.
This is _United States_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States
) dealing with intellectual
property arising from _federal government-funded research_
_United States_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States
) . Adopted in _1980_
) , Bayh-Dole is codified in _35 U.S.C._
) _§ 200_
–Dole_Act#endnote_35USC200212) , and implemented by 37 _C.F.R._
–Dole_Act#endnote_37CFR401) . Among other
things, it gave U.S. universities, small businesses and non-profits
_intellectual property_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property
of their _inventions_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention
) and other
intellectual property that resulted from such funding.
The Fortune article presents an assortment of lies and half-truths by a
reporter who left another magazine before it folded. Unfortunately, this
article has spawned a copy by New Yorker Magazine that added an even more
inflammatory headline and chose to emphasize some of Ms Eban's more outrageous
claims of what she alleges I said.
The NEW version of this fiction appears at:
and it also encourages reader comment, as does Fortune.
The only good thing about all this is that it can still generate a smile,
courtesy of friends - such as the proposed title sent to me “Fortune’s
Misfortune – Smearing Scientists Is Liable To Be Libel “.
Thanks to all. Jerry
esearch_funding#Government-funded_research) . Adopted in _1980_