The Telephone Patent Conspiracy of 1876: The Elisha Gray-Alexander Bell Controversy and Its Many Players
McFarland, 2015 M11 5 - 269 páginas
The invention of the telephone is a subject of great controversy, central is which is the patent issued to Alexander Graham Bell on March 7, 1876. Many problems and questions surround this patent, not the least of which was its collision in the Patent Office with a strangely similar invention by archrival Elisha Gray. A flood of lawsuits followed the patent's issue; at one point the government attempted to annul Bell's patent and launched an investigation into how it was granted.
From court testimony, contemporary accounts, government documents, and the participants' correspondence, a fascinating story emerges. More than just a tale of rivalry between two inventors, it is the story of how a small group of men made Bell's patent the cornerstone for an emerging telephone monopoly. This book recounts the little-known story in full, relying on original documents (most never before published) to preserve the flavor of the debate and provide an authentic account. Among the several appendices is the "lost copy" of Bell's original patent, the document that precipitated the charge of fraud against the Bell Telephone Company.
The Beginning The US Postal Telegraph Bill Nationalizing the Telegraph Industry
State of the Art A Brief Review of Telegraph Developments to 1874
Race for Multiple Telegraphy October 1874April 1875
The Day the Patent Was Filed May 1 1875 February 14 1876
Inside the Patent Office February 15March 7 1876
Decision That Changed History The Unexplained Order of Acting Commissioner Spear
The Affidavit Confessions of Former Patent Examiner Wilber
Revelation of Patent Fraud Uncovering the Lost Copy of Bells Patent Application
Charges of Collusion Are All Moonshine Claim Defenders of Judges Lowell and Gray
Appendix A John Paul Bocock The Romance of the Telephone
Dr Elisha Gray and the Invention of the Telephone February 2 1901
Appendix C Patent Office Copy of Grays Caveat
Appendix D Patent Office Copy of Bells Patent No 174465
Appendix E Patent Office Copy of Bells Patent No 186787
Mr Watson Come Here The Closely Guarded Secret of March 10 1876
BellGray Letters Revealing Correspondence Between Two Adversaries
Birth of the Bell Telephone Company Telegraphy Gives Way to Telephony
The First Challenge The Dowd Case
Other Challengers Two Notable Cases and Their Decisions
The Reis Question Reis Telephone in the CourtroomIt Could Sing but Could It Talk?
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