Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War

Laser The Inventor the Nobel Laureate and the Thirty Year Patent War Laser is the fascinating true story of Gordon Gould s successful year struggle to assert himself as the right inventor of the laser and a myth shattering behind the scenes account of the America

  • Title: Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War
  • Author: NickTaylor
  • ISBN: 9780684835150
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Laser is the fascinating, true story of Gordon Gould s successful 30 year struggle to assert himself as the right inventor of the laser, and a myth shattering, behind the scenes account of the American patent process of photos.

    One thought on “Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War”

    1. I thought this book would be perfect for me. It was listed as a real-life legal drama in the courtroom and the Patent Office between a solo inventor against a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and huge American corporations. And, as I got into it, I appreciated that it was written as a PBS American Experience special would be narrated.By the end, though, I was less impressed. I have an engineering degree and am a patent attorney. I live patent law. This, I thought, oversimplified the legal aspects f [...]

    2. This is a really interesting story about the man who invented the laser, and the crazy legal battles he went through to get his patents validated and licensed and to overcome condescension from the scientific community (how could someone without a PhD invent anything useful?) and bullying by large corporate entities. It's a tragedy of our legal system that it costs so much, personally, professionally and financially, for an individual inventor to promote their work and get the benefits due to th [...]

    3. There are three tracks to this book, which, of course, are intertwined: the scientific, the legal, and the personal. I must admit that I got very little out of the science and not much more out of the legal (my main reason for reading), but the personal part fascinated me as I actually knew Gordon Gould; my aunt Marilyn was his third wife. It was pretty weird reading about the women who came before Marilyn, but amazing reading the descriptions of their house, a place I've actually visited. Even [...]

    4. Gordon Gould invented the laser in 1957 and spent the next 30 years fighting to get his patent approved. But it worked out okay in the end, because by the time the patent was issued lasers had become a huge industry so he became a millionaire from the licensing fees and retired to a life of leisure. The end

    5. As an entertaining story this is nothing special. It is a good exposition on how power works in USA; not the physical definition of course.The reader will not learn much about lasers despite all the technical jargon.

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