Posts Tagged: thomas edison


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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
11 years ago 62

Improvements: Learning with the Hitch Mounted Toilet Seat

By far, most inventions are improvements upon other known devices or solutions. In fact, whenever I teach patent law courses I tell students that in their career …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 9

Was Thomas Edison a Patent Troll?

But perhaps the most crucial element of the American patent system was that it did not simply encourage ordinary people to participate in inventive activity. It made …

Google Seeks Patent on YouTube Video Advertisements

Last week a US Patent Application No. 20100010893 published detailing an invention relating to digital advertising, and more particularly to creating video overlay advertisements suitable for use with …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 1

Famous Inventors: Thomas Edison

An argument can be made that Benjamin Franklin may be the most famous American inventor, but without a doubt the most prolific and influential American inventor was …
By Gene Quinn
12 years ago 6

The Wizard of Menlo Park

This cartoon is humorous on many levels.  Perhaps first and foremost is the fact that children under the age of 13 have never known a world without the …
By Gene Quinn
13 years ago 2

Improvement Patents & Inventions

By far, most inventions are improvements upon other known devices or solutions. Even Thomas Edison, the most prolific inventor in US history, rarely came up with pioneering …
By Gene Quinn
13 years ago 4