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Scientist Claims FDA Stole Idea

posted on November 27, 2013


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick scientist says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stole his trade secrets for software to help detect threats to the food supply.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1jEVcao ) reported Tuesday that John Hnatio (NAY'-sho) says he learned of the alleged copyright infringement when he saw a similar tool offered for free on the FDA website last year. The agency's intellectual property lawyer has said he could not substantiate the allegation.

Hnatio says he has filed a complaint with the Small Business Administration. The SBA says it referred the matter to the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Hnatio runs a small company called FoodQuestTQ. He claims the release of the FDA tool has cost him business opportunities and forced him to lay off workers.


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