Posts Tagged: thomas edison


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
1 year ago 59

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
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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.
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 years ago 4

Lemley Responds: Defending the Myth of the Sole Inventor

If you actually read my article you will find that I simply don’t say the things they claim I say. The basic refrain of the Howells-Katznelson …
By Mark Lemley
5 years ago 82

A Critique of Mark Lemley’s “The Myth of the Sole Inventor”

For example, regarding Thomas Edison, Lemley’s primary case illustrating the so-called “myth of the sole inventor,” he alleges that “Sawyer and Man invented and patented the …
By Howells & Katznelson
5 years ago 26

The Myth of the Sole Inventor

The canonical story of the lone genius inventor is largely a myth. Edison didn’t invent the light bulb; he found a bamboo fiber that worked better …
By Mark Lemley
5 years ago 56

Q&A With Sarah Miller Caldicott, Thomas Edison’s Grandniece

Sarah Miller Caldicott is the great grandniece of the legend himself, Thomas Alva Edison. She’s a motivational speaker, head of business consulting firm PowerPatterns and the …
By Mike Drummond
5 years ago 1

In Search Of a Definition for the term “Patent Troll”

The reality is that the term patent troll seems to be more in the eye of the beholder than anything else. So a patent troll is whoever …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 62