The industry outcry caused the patent office to stall on releasing Gould's other pending patents, leading to more appeals and amendments to the pending patents.  Despite this, Gould was issued . Patent 4,161,436 in 1979, covering a variety of laser applications including heating and vaporizing materials, welding , drilling, cutting, measuring distance, communication systems, television, laser photocopiers and other photochemical applications, and laser fusion .  The industry responded with lawsuits seeking to avoid paying to license this patent as well. Also in 1979, Gould and his financial backers founded the company Patlex, to hold the patent rights and handle licensing and enforcement. 
The world faces a crisis risking extinction of species through global warming. Due to impact of ., changes in land use and destruction of habitats, tropical rain forests, mangrove forests and coral reefs are disappearing and with them ecosystem functions, goods and services on which human populations are dependent. In order to conserve nature, to manage or even to restore tropical biodiversity and ecosystems, we must understand patterns of tropical biodiversity, study how organisms interact with their environment and how they respond to perturbations and change. Next to research, this is dealt with in this unique masters programme.
Provides the student with basic on-site experiences appropriate to an entry-level administrator. Students will work closely with an on-site administrator and University instructional supervisor in the development and implementation of a plan for field experiences including application of basic preliminary administrative services functions. Students will develop a paper, project, or other product, collaboratively agreed upon with the supervisory team, which integrates learning from the field work and which will be used by the cooperating site.