5by5 | The Critical Path #11: The Thermonuclear Option

Episode #11 • October 26, 2011 at 12:00pm

Dan and Horace talk about patents and litigation as a means of defending innovation. We go way back to the beginning of the last century and talk how patent wars have played out in the past and how they affected the fortunes and fates of innovators.

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IMPORTANT: I made an error in claiming that Mauser litigated for royalties during WWI. The litigation with Mauser preceded the war, but the bullet design used in the rifle was the subject of litigation before, during and after the war. The story of that patent fight is described here: The Tale of the Spitzer Bullet Patent Lawsuit | asymco

To read more about the Wright Brothers patent war see: The Wright brothers patent war – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia