Given how much these documents are now showing up in the news, you have to imagine that Defense Department "Security Managers" are up to their eyeballs in "reports" from staffers who "inadvertently" run across such classified materials.
No one at those departments are searching the Internet for secret documents.
Perhaps we have forgotten their proclivity for searching out porn... that is keeping them busy.
Oh look, it's an anonymous troll whining about an article that did have a 'substantive suggestion' counterpart yesterday where a blind law professor explained what needed to be done. Oh look, he's that starved for attention.
The troll seems to desperately want a substantive suggestion, so I have one.
If the troll wants to see the real dipshit here, s/he should look in a mirror.
The fact that the author of this article is intentionally trying to give us a black eye by saying we were bullying this girl is absurd.
The author of the article has no need to try and give Solaroad a black eye. It appears both the CEO's own words and yours did that all by themselves.
The author of this article seems intent on trying to make us look like terrible people.
Again, your own words make you seem like terrible people.
I would also like to state that having worked for Retti since 2007 I have observed on many occasions that Retti has acted in a prudent and acceptable manner regarding his activities in his elected industry.
If by his "elected industry" you mean looking like a patent troll, then I agree with you.
We have everything on the line here, and we have to protect what is ours. To those people who don't like it, to hell with you.
It seems you and others of your company have a problem with impulse control.
I would suggest your company's officers (and spokesperson) should invest some time in learning how to reach out to people without insulting them for not seeing things the way you think they should.
Perhaps this problem is why your company's "idea" has languished for so many years due to a lack of funding?
I know for a fact that Retti was paying the tuition and living expenses for at least a half dozen college students who had no means of attending college without his help.
From the article:
While throwing around nearly baseless legal threats, Solaroad might want to be a bit more careful with its careless shouts of "infringement." One of its "future products" is SolarFilm:
SolarFilm is a sprayable nano-based solar technology that creates energy by using heat, light, and magnetics. It's unique formulation of photovoltaic (PV) and thermionic chemical compositions make it one of the most advanced solar technologies ever created. SolarFilm is durable, efficient, and extremely versatile. It can be easily applied to a variety of surfaces, such as roadways, shingles, siding, vehicle paints and much more.
This bears quite a resemblance to SolaRoad, another solar-generation-via-roadway-application product developed by Dutch company TNO.
It looks as if your company plays fast and loose with the truth. Why should anyone believe anything you say?
Perhaps people who do not know the extensive laws concerning patents should not comment on them.
First Amendment in the Constitution (free speech in case you are unfamiliar with it) says we are as free to speculate
about patents and your company's motivation in bullying a student as you are free to continue spewing your apparent nonsensical responses.
In closing I would refer you to the "Streisand Effect", which I suspect is beginning to envelop your company. You and the CEO should really stop digging now.
Holding an application is nowhere near as effective as holding an actual patent. While some royalties may be collected from infringement that occurred after the application was published, certain stipulations must be met before the original applicant can make a claim for damages. One of these requirements is that the infringer must have "actual notice" of the published patent. It's hard to imagine that most (if any) science fair projects begin with a patent search, so the noise Solaroad's making only serves one purpose: to inform the involved parties that a.) it exists, b.) it's willing to sue and c.) it's filed an application(s) that might tenuously be related to Khare's work. If she chooses to commercialize her supercapacitor work, Retti can claim she had "actual notice."
Sounds like he is quite willing to sue if the young lady makes or attempts to make any money as a result of her project.
Perhaps Retti should spend less time fretting about inventive 18-year-olds and start refining its existing product line. A visit to Solaroad's site gives you the feeling the products it's touting have endless upside, but digging around a little more leads to the impression that its main products exist only as PDFs and Powerpoint presentations.
One of the signs of a potential patent troll is holding patents (or in this case an application) and doing nothing with it. No product, no further development, just a miserably failed attempt to get funding.
While throwing around nearly baseless legal threats, Solaroad might want to be a bit more careful with its careless shouts of "infringement." One of its "future products" is SolarFilm
This bears quite a resemblance to SolaRoad, another solar-generation-via-roadway-application product developed by Dutch company TNO. This is due for a test run in 2013, with an eye towards replacing all 85,000+ km of the Netherlands' roads and bike paths with the combination solar panel/concrete hybrid.
There's likely no infringement occurring here (in either direction), but Retti and Solaroad have shown they're more than willing to take offense at independent invention. This does very little for whatever legal case it may try to pursue, but it does a great deal towards crafting some very negative "publicity."
More potential troll behavior by making false or inflated product or patent claims.
Sorry, but I don't see the CEO as someone being slighted by the science project winner or a lack of funding.
It still seems as if he is a greedy individual willing to bully and setup for a lawsuit against someone that independently came up with her research that surpasses an idea he had in the 1980s.
I found this article to be interesting on several levels.
The portion of the article that provoked the most thought for me involved the Sloaroad CEO Kahrl Retti and another Solaroad employee Nick Cameron.
It is often stated in the press that corporations are amoral by their very nature and measure success by putting profits above all else.
The Solaroad CEO deciding to take the moral low road regarding the science Fair winner Eesha Khare by threatening a possible lawsuit for something the article says they hold no U.S. patent on, shows that perhaps the amorality of corporations comes from the actions of those that run the corporations.
I wonder if Kahrl Retti stopped for one minute to consider how he would feel if he had a daughter that was threatened in a similar manner by a corporation.
I suspect he did not for one instant pause for that introspection. I believe he saw dollars dancing in his head... dollars that were dancing away from his wallet towards someone else.
This sounds like someone that is motivated by greed above all else.
Another respondent here opined about Solaroad offering a job to the science fair winner. That is a most excellent idea... but apparently greed clouded the judgment that would have allowed for that decision.
I am wondering if we are going to discover that the copyright industry had a hand in this at some point.
In much the same way the Megaupload case was improperly investigated and is being currently managed, so it would seem the Aaron Swartz case was improperly handled.
Either the prosecutor in this case is far out of her area of expertise (technology wise), or she was being "pushed" by an outside interest that needed another talking point about copyright theft and "piracy".
In either case, a bright and creative person has been lost to us. This is a loss that we cannot afford to have happen again. The government cries out for the best and brightest minds, and when they find one this is what happens.
BTW, there are petitions already in place at the "We the People" site which you can sign asking to fire the two DOJ prosecutors involved in this sad mess.