A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War

A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War

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This riveting biography from the American Bar Association visits the spectacular life of Edwin Land, breakthrough inventor. At the time of his death, he stood third on the list of our most prolific inventors, behind only Thomas Edison and one of Edison's colleagues. Land's most famous achievement was the creation of a revolutionary film-and-camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken.

In A Triumph of Genius, you'll learn details of Land's involvement over four decades with top-secret U.S. military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally, you'll thrill to the compelling first-hand look at one of our nation's most important legal battles over intellectual property-Polaroid versus Kodak. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494509477
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Ronald K. Fierstein was a young lawyer on the team of litigators from the prestigious patent law firm of Fish & Neave representing Polaroid in its epic patent battle with Eastman Kodak over instant photography technology. He is a coproducer of the current Broadway hit Kinky Boots. Ron splits his time between Chappaqua, New York, and North Hero, Vermont.

Pete Larkin is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993. An award-winning on-camera host, Pete has worked on many industrial films and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Landisms ix

Chapter 1 A Very Special Young Man 1

Chapter 2 Polaroid Is Born 19

Chapter 3 One-Step Photography 39

Chapter 4 A Consumer Curiosity? 57

Chapter 5 Color 79

Chapter 6 Absolute One-Step Photography 105

Chapter 7 The Big Push-The Bigger Divide 121

Chapter 8 Aladdin Emerges 147

Chapter 9 The Coming Storm 171

Chapter 10 A Fight for Survival 197

Chapter 11 Kodak's new 219

Chapter 12 The Battle Is Joined 235

Chapter 13 Early Skirmishes in Discovery 251

Chapter 14 Searching for the Facts 265

Chapter 15 Kodak s Big Assault 275

Chapter 16 Land Joins the Fray 289

Chapter 17 The Long, Slow Road to the Courthouse 303

Chapter 18 The Final Turn 319

Chapter 19 Over the Precipice 333

Chapter 20 Land's Day in Court 347

Chapter 21 The Cross-Examination 369

Chapter 22 After the Main Event 389

Chapter 23 Kodak's Defense 403

Chapter 24 The Battle of the Experts 421

Chapter 25 The Waiting Game 441

Chapter 26 Victory at Last 465

Chapter 27 The Hammer Falls Harder 479

Chapter 28 Aftermath 501

Chapter 29 Epilogue 515

Acknowledgments 535

Dedication 539

Endnotes 541

Index 613

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