Edit: “Oh shit, they’re catching on. Better write something — anything — that he hasn’t written about so they don’t think we’re copying him”
First and foremost, I appreciate everyone’s support. It’s been nice to see a large level of integrity in the biking community.
I’d like to clarify my position on this whole Pinkbike issue. This comes from my belief in a lack of coincidence, not plagiarism. I’m not using that word here because they didn’t use any of my words, and that’s a very serious accusation. I’m not accusing anyone of explicit plagiarism. But, I’m having a very hard time believing they just happened to pick four straight topics that overlap with my research – those are some incredibly low odds.
Here’s a list of every single patent article Pinkbike has released in 2021, along with a link to my website. All of these are published after they published me in Dec. 2020.
On these first two, you can see they’re related patents, not the exact same ones. Companies will do this to broaden the scope of an idea or build on a related concept. They have the same images and the same or very similar language in them. If you write about a different patent number with the same info, there’s no need for a cite, right? Hmm…
Then, we’ve got these two. Same patent number, same material. Having an especially hard time believing they just so happened to find and understand that carbon recycling one, out of all the other excellent ideas released by SRAM.
“Maybe they don’t know you exist.”
“It’s public information; they can write about it too.”
They absolutely can. I’m arguing the lack of coincidence after 4 straight articles without a cite. There have been hundreds released this year; anyone can write about any of those as well.
“Writing about patents isn’t new.”
No one is saying it’s new. IP watchdog, for example, has been around forever. Anyone can write about any of these. It’s the coincidence I’m questioning.
In the end, maybe this is just a giant coincidence and I’m absolutely incorrect. Maybe they did just pick 4 topics that overlap my research. While the odds are low, it’s possible. All I’m looking for is a cite, that’s it. If my writing helps you in any way, just cite it.