Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2018
Monday–Friday, March 5–9, 2018; Los Angeles, California
Session C05: Patents, Innovations, and Wars!
2:30 PM–4:54 PM,
Monday, March 5, 2018
LACC Room: 152
Sponsoring Units: FIAP GIMS
Chair: Phil Wyatt, Wyatt Technology Corporation
Abstract: C05.00001 : Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the 30-year Patent War
2:30 PM–3:06 PM
This presentation tells the story of physicist inventor Gordon Gould, his fundamental contributions to the laser, his dismissal by academic physicists including the Nobelist Charles Townes, and his long fight in the federal and patent courts for recognition. It’s a story of ambition, invention, business risk, resentment, and a hapless misreading of the existing patent laws that in the long run made Gould rich. Gould’s story led to a wholesale reshaping of what it takes to get a patent and gave us the patent laws we have today.
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