More Spinoff Greediness at JPL

LG, Nokia Accused of Infringing Caltech Camera Patents, Business Week

"The university last year sued six digital-camera makers, including Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp. for infringing six patents for pixel sensors. The inventions came from research Caltech did for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration."

Caltech Sues Nokia, LG, Et Al Over Camera Patents, Cellular News

"Last year Caltech sued Canon, Nikon and 4 other digital-camera makers, for infringing on six patents relating to pixel sensors in digital cameras. All of the patents were granted following research the university was doing for NASA. The case is California Institute of Technology v. STMicroelectronics, 10-9099, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles)."

Keith's note: While NASA Headquarters and its field centers are off openly promoting the spinoff potential of what NASA does to the public and private sector, Caltech decides to get greedy and sour that the very effort by going after companies that have employed NASA-funded technology. NASA paid Caltech/JPL for all of this work using taxpayer dollars. That said, Caltech may well have the theoretical fine point of legality on their side, but its unfortunate that they decide to treat their NASA work as a cash cow that they can milk instead of seeing this work as a service that they provide to the nation.

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