Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/22/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: This is a panel to discuss Patenting versus Open Source in regards to the best mechanism for transferring technology to the cotton ginning industry. As moderator, I will present the current working model of the Unit's research in developing the VIPR system (plastic detection and removal system - Visual Imaging Plastic Removal) and transferring the technology to CRADA partner Bratney Companies using an Open Source format. The panel will consist of a research funding partner, a university partner, a cotton gin manufacturing partner, and a cotton gin service provider to address the issue of the best means of transferring technology to an industry with a limited customer base and few equipment manufacturers. Some of the questions to be addressed include but are not limited to: 1) Is Open Source the best model for the Ginning sector because of a small number of manufacturers?; 2) Does patenting help or hinder technology transfer in the ginning sector? Why?; 3) Is there a better mechanism to promote/encourage technology transfer of research?