From the darker side of entrepreneurship on campus. Technology transfer gone wrong at Georgia Tech. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s George Mathis:
The university claims the group is responsible for funneling about $2 million in school funds to a company owned by microchip professor Joy Laskar, 47, and research engineer Stephane Pinel, 36. Also charged is office administrator Chris Evans, 56.
The men reported to the Fulton County Jail after arrest warrants were obtained by the GBI in connection with an ongoing investigation into misappropriation of funds and resources from the school’s Georgia Electronic Design Center, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said Saturday.
As part of the investigation, the GBI executed search warrants on May 17 that included nine locations on campus as well as two residences, said Bankhead.
Laskar’s attorney Craig Gillen said his client and Georgia Tech were business partners. He said the school took advantage of Laskar’s brilliance in the field of microchips.
“He and his team had founded a company that had perfected a chip that might well be worth millions and millions of dollars. Now, Georgia Tech had a piece of that… Apparently they wanted more,” Gillen told Channel 2’s Richard Belcher.
The Bayh-Dole Act has led to some strange outcomes in various places. BTW, Gatorade’s inventors at University of Florida had major legal issues in the past. Though those were fights over profits.
As the lawyer for the professor points out, the chip ‘might’ be worth ‘millions and millions’ — meaning the fight here is over funds for growth, not from profits. Gatorade was worth hundreds of millions when the legal battles ramped up.
Again, thought I’d share some of the darker side of campus entrepreneurship in this entry.