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Photograph of Shell’s Geelong refinery in Australia


In April 2012 we reported that Shell had agreed to investigate alleged IP theft at the Geelong Refinery in Australia.

The issue at the heart of this matter is the same one that led to our falling out with Shell nearly 20 years ago: Shell stealing ideas – in this case allegedly from a Shell employee, Diana Newman.

The following are extracts from an emailed update received earlier today.

Hi John,

We have heard that our refinery is going to roll out, using stolen IP from Diana Newman, conversions to all its heat ex-changers, but not too soon because of the feelings within the refinery to a management unable to honor Shells core values, codes of practice, ethical behavior or morals. The management are hoping that time will cover their theft of Diana’s outstanding invention and the ill feeling towards a shifty management team. They continue to pretend that Diana was part of rather than the actual inventor of an outstanding breakthrough.

The other development of note concerning Diana, relates to Deakin University Management which have also broken its own core values, I guess under pressure from Shell. Diana was offered a scholarship by Deakin personal, and they have now withdrawn that offer by telling her she and her design are just to hot to handle.

I found it truly hard to believe that the Shell oil company owned this so called center of education excellence and independence. They used to operate under an Australian code for responsible conduct of research, this code talks about honesty integrity and respect for the likes of Diana.

Deakin is supposedly against all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW). I will suggest to Diana that she should put a formal complaint into this group and other bodies against Deakin given their capitulation and dishonoring of their own core values, just as the Management of the Shell Geelong refinery.

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