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colinneagle writes: Eesha Khare, an 18-year-old senior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Calif., won both the first prize at the Intel Science Fair and the Project of the Year award for the senior division of the California State Science Fair with her research on supercapacitors. However, Karhl Retti, CEO of SolaRoad Technologies, says that while the research is commendable, it violates a patent for similar technology he filed in 2005.

Retti's patent involves work with nanocapacitors similar to those for which Intel and Google have recognized Khare, and is applied to electric-car technology that SolaRoad sells. Retti insists that he does not want to attack the young girl personally nor discredit her work — it's just that academic projects often get precedence over private industries without checking to see if they violate others' intellectual property. While he says he doesn't want to sue anyone over the research project, Retti says that if Khare's work goes commercial, he'd be forced to take legal action.

“I would never consciously hurt or cast aspersions on anybody. I just simply wanted to put somebody on notice that we already developed this technology,” Retti said in a phone interview with Network World. “I don’t want to hurt this girl’s feelings or anybody else’s. I’m just frustrated after trying to get Intel or Google to talk to us for decades, and they won’t even talk to me, but they’re jumping on this bandwagon.”

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Teenager's research wins Intel Science Fair, but might land her in patent suit

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