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

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

by Ronald K. Fierstein


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A compelling business biography of Polaroid and its inventor-founder Edwin Land, the father of "one-step" or "instant" photography. A Triumph of Genius tells Land’s story from his invention at age 19 of the polarizing lens, through his defense and intelligence work during World War Two through to the 1980s. The book examines the corporate and legal struggle over instant photography between Polaroid and Kodak that ensued when a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak's betrayal and a landmark patent infringement trial.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627227698
Publisher: Ankerwycke
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Pages: 644
Sales rank: 769,133
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 6.60(d)

About the Author

Ronald K. Fierstein (New York, New York) is a long-time intellectual property lawyer and entertainment executive.

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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