Why You Patent–Part 3

Ideas that lead to groundbreaking innovations are remembered for eternity. However, the difference between protecting and losing those ideas sometimes come down to a single moment in time. For Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray it was moment that shaped global communications forever.

Gray, an American inventor, had an idea and a design for the very first telephone. He applied for a caveat, which declared his intention to patent his idea—two hours after Bell filed an application for a patent on the same idea. The rest is history as Bell won the patent.

It was a mere two hours and the distinction between a caveat and an application that lost Gray the rights, profits and fame of inventing the telephone. The disappointment remained with him until his last days as a note was found amongst his belongings when he passed away that read: “The history of the telephone will never be fully written… It is partly hidden away… and partly lying on the hearts and consciences of a few whose lips are sealed—some in death and others by a golden clasp whose grip is even tighter.”

When ideas are great, you must protect them. In the case of the telephone, protecting them quickly was crucial.

Patents protect ideas and reward innovators who pour time and dedication into their idea—ensuring all their hard work pays off.  Patterson Thuente is dedicated to protecting your IP.

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