Figure 7.12

Round One Goes to Edison

In the New York Clipper of July 27, 1901, the Edison Co. announced victory in its patent-infringement suit against Biograph. The decision, however, wasn’t exactly a resounding confirmation of Edison’s claims. “The defendant,” stated the judge, “appears to have taken the substance of the invention covered by these claims, and the plaintiff, therefore, appears to be entitled to a decree.” The victory was also short-lived: eight months later, an appeals court reversed the decision and, in the process, rejected all of Edison’s patent claims.

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