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Jul 31, Charles rated it really liked it This title story of this book tells of Bob Kearns, tinkering inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, whose patented invention was stolen by Ford and other big automakers.
The book is quite good—not ear This title story of this book tells of Bob Kearns, tinkering inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, whose patented invention was stolen by Ford and other big automakers.
The book is quite good—not earthshattering, but interesting, and certainly capable of giving the reader interesting discussion topics so he can avoid politics at the next cocktail party he has to attend.
Kearns was an obsessive genius who was ultimately vindicated in his fight to recover damages from the big auto companies. At the same time, he ruined his life and largely ruined that of his family.
This is a cautionary tale, about the dangers of obsession, of trusting big companies, and of involving oneself with lawyers and the patent system. It also raises, as the author, John Seabrook notes, issues that have become more prominent since: After all, genius benefits society, so it matters to us all—in fact, whether in the form of flashes or concentrated effort by many people, genius is probably the primary economic driver of every society, so any society that does not single out and reward genius is necessarily shooting itself in the foot.
Restricting competition has, in the common law tradition and in modern American law, always been regarded as dubious. It prevents people from making a living, in extreme cases, and prevents them from making an optimum living, in many cases. It can, as with patents, offer incentives, but it can also be used by the powerful to harm both the weak and society as a whole.
Thus, the law has always not just strictly limited the length offered by patent protection, but disfavored, limited, and strictly construed non-competition agreements made by employees. But the modern American system of litigation, expensive, time-consuming and with each side paying its own legal fees, frequently allows big companies to not only abuse the patent system, but also to illegitimately coerce former employees, forcing them to not engage in perfectly legitimate competition by the bogus threat of lawsuits that the employee cannot afford.
Only one major state refuses to enforce non-competition agreements: In a small way, I practice what I preach—as a matter of principle, I refuse to have any non-competition agreements at my businesses.
Other stories here there are fifteen total cover topics as diverse as the Svalbard seed vault recently in the news for flooding, from rain, not global warming, having entered its entrance ; to the scrap metal industry focusing on the rollup by Metal Management, with which I was tangentially connected as a lawyer ; to Will Wright, inventor of the computer game Sim City and its successors.
More is known about the Antikythera Mechanism today, for example, than in Of the stories, the one I found most fascinating might not be the one to which most people would gravitate. Here, unlike with Bob Kearns, the focus is not on patents, but on marketing, and the challenges of growing a business from scratch which is why it interested me, since that is my background as well.
Originally, Chuck Hoberman thought of his device as a utilitarian one—but his wife conceived that it could be a new kind of toy, and drove the conception forward. And that is why you see them everywhere now, from museum gift shops to mall toy stores. It is hard to tell.
My guess is that the business has declined—perhaps the original patents have expired and no new ones with a marketable angle have replaced them.
Or maybe the Hobermans simply made enough money and moved on—not everyone wants to get richer, or richer although I certainly do. But she now lives in Jersey City and runs a small toy store, so either she loves toys and New Jersey, or whatever money the Sphere made has gone.
Either way, it is unclear whether this story ultimately had a happy ending—but I still found it fascinating.Related Links: Click Here to Buy the Movie Click Here to Read the Book Click Here to Read More About the Film Click Here to Watch the Trailer Click Here for the Wikipedia Article.
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