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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 12, 1987
'U' charges jet corp.
withviolating patent

By JAMES BRAY
The University of Michigan filed
a federal lawsuit last month against
Gates Learjet Corp. for patent
infringement.
University officials claim that
Gates Learjet installed a device
which had been patented by emeritus
aerospace engineering Prof. Arnold
Kuethe in 1971. This device
promotes smoother airflow over the
wings of planes and improves flight
performance.
The device, referred to as a
Boundary Layer Energizer, can also
be attached to helicopter rotors,
turbine fans, and engine inlets.
The University is defending
Kuethe in his suit because of a
policy that gives the administration
partial rights to faculty discoveries.
A jury trail, an injunction against
the corporation, and an unspecified
amount of monetary damages are
being sought by the University.
Gates will have to pay three times
the damages if the corporation
willfully disregarded the patent.

Gates received the litigation
material yesterday but would not
comment on the suit, citing
litigation policy and a lack of
information.
The case was . brought to the
University's attention when Kuethe
was in the process of licensing his
product for commercial use. After
meeting with Gates, Robert Gavin,
University intellectual properties
counsel, said, "It looked to me like
Gates was indee4 infringing upon the
patent rights."
Gavin said he spoke with officials
of Gatesnabout thedalleged
infringement and found t h em
unwilling to settle.
The University currently has
about 60 patents, but this is the first
suit filed on behalf of a professor.
Kuethe joined the University
faculty in 1941 and became a
professor emeritus of aerospace
engineering in 1974. He received his
doctorate from California Institute of
Technology and received the Pendray
Aerospace Literature Award from the
American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics in 1978 for co-au-
thoring the textbook "Foundations
of Aerodynamics."

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Compiled from Associated Press reports
Lebanon explosion kills six
BEIRUT - A briefcase packed with explosives blew up in a crowded
passenger terminal in Beirut's airport yesterday, killing six people,
including the woman who carried it, and wounded 73 others, police said.
The blast occurred a day after the international airport reopened
following a five-day general strike.
The woman who carried the deadly briefcase was posing as an outgoing
passenger, police said. She was identified as Soraya Sahyouni, a Sunni
Moslem Lebanese.
"The explosion split her in two," said a police spokesperson, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity. He refused to speculate on the
motive behind the attack.
Five other Lebanese died, police said, adding that most of the injured
were Lebanese and other Arabs bound for gulf nations.
Soviets oust Gorbachev critic
MOSCOW - Boris Yeltsin, a protege of Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev who had criticized the slow pace of reform, wasremoved
yesterday as Moscow party boss, state-run television said.
Yeltsin, 56, was replaced by Politburo member Lev Zaikov.
Yeltsin had tendered his resignation at an Oct. 21 meeting of the
Communist Party Central Commitee at which he criticized the style of
Soviet leadership and the slow pace of Gorbachev's reform campaign.
Soviet television said a meeting yesterday of the Moscow party
commitee found Yeltsin had committed "major shortcomings" in his
work as party leader in the capital, and relieved of his duties.
Gorbachev, the Soviet Communist Party general secretary, was among
those who attended the meeting, the television said in its nightly news
progran "Vremya." The report said Gorbachev spoke, but gave no details.
U.S. may reach budget accord
WASHINGTON - White house and congressional negotiators,
working on a federal holiday, are "on the threshold" of creating a
framework for cutting the budget deficit, a Republican participant said
yesterday.
The negotiators worked against a self-imposed deadline of Friday for
coming up with a package of tax increases and spending cuts that would
reduce the deficit by at least $23 billion, meet the requirements for the
Gramm-Rudman law and signal to a jittery world economy that the U.S.
government could control its finances.
After meeting for more than five hours in hopes of reaching an agree-
ment, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., ranking GOP member of the Senate
Budget committe, when asked if they had finished, responded, "No, but
we're getting as close as can be."
Rep. Silvio O. Conte, R-Mass., top GOP member of the House Ap-
ropriations Committee, said: "We're on the threshold."
sViet newspaper expOSeS
flaws in psychiatric diagnoses
MOSCOW - Arbitrary diagnosis, abuse of power and bribery have
tainted Soviet psychiatry, and a citizen can be found insane simply for not
kowtowing to employers, a Soviet daily said yesterday in a stunning
expose.
"Psychiatric science and practice have long ago been shut off from
openness by a high and solid fence," the Komsomolskaya Pravda
newspaper said.
"Behind the fence, there is lawlessness," it added.
The paper's six-column article was the longest on psychiatric abuses
to appear in the state-run press, and was clearly linked to the current
campaign for "glasnost," or greater openness on social problems.
EXTRAS
Pint putsch putzing out
Perhaps some of you may have forgotten, but the Michigan vs
. Ohio State blood battle is still brewing. But Red Cross Regional
Representative Neal Fry said yesterday, "I'm concerned greatly because
students aren't donating blood. We really need participation."
Dorms are falling short of their predicted goals, she said. The Red
Cross expected to collect 330 pints of blood at Bursley on Monday
but only managed 181. Couzens also fell short by about 100 pints.
The blood drive will be in Stockwell today and Mary Markley on
Friday from1 p.m. to 7p.m.
Meanwhile, hospitals were expecting certain amounts of blood
from the drive. Fry said that if the blood drive continues to run dry,
hospitals may have to cancel some elective surgeries. "That would be

disastrous," Fry said,
As for the competition, Ohio State leadsl,417 pints tol,388 pints,
she said.
-Sheala Durant
If you see news happen, call 76-DAILY.
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By ROSE MARY WUMMEL
Fifty students gathered to hear a
debate on the proposed code of non-
academic conduct last night,
continuing four years of controversy
surrounding the issue.
Jonathon Rose, private attorney
and opponent of the code, argued
with History Prof. Shaw Livermore
that a code would give the
University power to curtail student
rights and to chill dissent areoing
student leaders.
Rose, former director of Student
Legal Services, has sat in on
meetings of University Council -
the group appointed by University
President Harold Shapiro three years
ago to begin drafting the code -
although he is not a member of the
council.
Livermore, a co-chair of
University Council and code
proponent, described the University
as a place where people are drawn
into unnaturally close quarters with
one another, as in a dorm or in stu-
dent-faculty relationships.
He said a set of rules offering
even greater protection of rights
should be adopted to accommodate
the special needs of the University.
Rose said the code would violate
first amendment rights which protect
free speech, and fourth amendment
rights which protect privacy. He
added that the code is not necessary
because the existing legal system is
sufficient to protect public safety.
"A code is corrupt a n d
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incompetent. I'm going to continue
to fight it til my last living day,"
Rose said.
Livermore argued that a code
would grant the University
community more power.
"In the absence of a code, a few
constitutionally designated
administrators and agents make
decisions. I think we can do better,"
Livermore said.
'A code is corrupt and
incompetent. I'm going to
continue to fight it til my
last living day.'

--Jonathon Rose,
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Rose argued that the University is
not a democratic institution and the
University president could add any
prohibitions to the code he wanted.
Headded that he opposed' the
administration's sanctions against
those convicted of making racist
jokes, saying they violate the
freedom of speech clause in the first
amendment.
A set of rules on non-academic
conduct was adopted by the
University in 1972, but has never
been enforced. The rules have been
described as cumbersome and
inadequate.
During the debate, Residence Hall
Association President Fouzia Kiani
suggested that the old set of rules be
rewritten and improved. MSA
members opposed the suggestion.
The Residence Hall Association
sponsored the debate in the Ostefin
Room at West Quad.last night.

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