UPDATED: UC-Davis says strawberry commission dispute on hold

01/30/2014 05:20:00 PM
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“The majority of the commission’s growers will not obtain the new strawberry varieties that Shaw and Larson will develop from the germplasm because Shaw and Larson intend to exclusively distribute the new strawberry varieties to select growers,” according to the complaint.

The commission contends growers have paid $60 million to the university since the 1950s to directly finance strawberry breeding, and in royalties to plant those varieties.

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ohio  |  January, 31, 2014 at 01:28 PM

I'm sure there may be more to the story, but first impressions are... Let the researchers resign, or fire them, and then charge them with theft of intellectual property. University, or Commission research and development belongs to those who funded it, unless they found some wonderfully unethical loophole. If the researchers had done the work on their time, in their lab, and with their money....there would be no issue. They didn't invest anything, they were paid. As soon as they aren't allowed to take the germplasm with them, I suspect they would want their old job back.

February, 01, 2014 at 09:19 AM

I agree...

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