Posts Tagged: thomas edison


America Needs an Eighteenth-Century Patent System

We hear politicos so often proclaim that what America needs is a Twenty-First Century patent system. NO! America most certainly does not need a Twenty-First Century patent …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 15

Happy Birthday Patent System: Hope Springs Eternal

In 1790, the U.S. patent laws were first enacted and individuals could obtain a patent under the new federal government. For about a century beforehand, British citizens …
By Raymond Van Dyke
10 days ago 8

Tax Reform to Revive the American Innovation Culture

The U.S. patent promise of exclusivity has become nothing more than lip service with no credibility for more than half a century. A patent system maintained …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
6 months ago 3

The Pioneers of Electricity: Top 10 Inventors of Electrical Technologies

Electricity may power our modern world but the phenomenon of electric activity has been observed for millennia. Studies into triboelectric charges, or electrostatic charging created by rubbing …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 11

Why it is unnecessary to open the patent system

Chien argues that it is impossible for someone to donate their technology without fearing that another will get a patent on it and defeat the well-meaning donation …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 59

A Patent History of Filmmaking

The history of film is a long one that, by some accounts, extends as far back as the early 1700s and the discovery by German physicist Johann …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

The Successful Inventor: Patenting Improvements

Perhaps Edison’s most famous invention was the light-bulb. Truth be told, however, Edison didn’t really “invent” the light-bulb. Edison significantly improved upon the technology by …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

The Black Edison: Granville T. Woods

Granville Woods is often referred as “The Black Edison.” Woods and Thomas Edison went to court twice over what were apparently invention disputes. Both times, Woods won. …
By Eric Guttag
4 years ago 0

Thomas Edison and the Electric Lamp, Patented Jan. 27, 1880

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison received U.S. Patent No. 223,898, which was simply titled "Electric Lamp." Perhaps Edison's most famous inventions were the phonograph, motion pictures and the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 31

Mark Cuban is an Idiot, Patents Do NOT Impede Innovation

Those that do the complaining erroneously state that they speak on behalf of the entire industry. But I know they don't speak for IBM, or Qualcomm or …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 58

USPTO, NSF and NBC Launch “Science of Innovation” Series

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, today launched an 11-part “Science of …
By U.S.P.T.O.
5 years ago 0

The Enforcement of Bad Patents is the Problem

Right now the best business to be in at the moment is the patent enforcement business, at least if you are concerning yourself with low-risk monetization with …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 18

Are Patent Wars Good for America?

In short, today’s smartphone patent wars are simply “back to the future” when it comes to how disruptive new industries are developed. Every major technological and …
By Kenneth Lustig
6 years ago 5

The Eureka Method: How to Think Like an Inventor

In my experience, the passion to invent is stirred by two things: dissatisfaction with an existing product or service (i.e., too large, too slow, too expensive, …
By Dr. John Hershey
6 years ago 0

Rebuttal Finale: A Response to Lemley’s Myth of the Sole Inventor

Lemley’s response introduces the new term “sequential improvement.” This suggests to us that he has now abandoned many of his claims of “simultaneous invention.” The word ‘…
By Howells & Katznelson
7 years ago 4