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

By Ronald K. Fierstein

Apple founder Steve Jobs as soon as hailed Edwin Land, the founding father of Polaroid and the daddy of fast images, as "a nationwide treasure" and as soon as confessed to a reporter that assembly Land used to be "like traveling a shrine." through his personal admission, Jobs modeled a lot of his personal profession after Land’s. either Jobs and Land stand out this day as designated and towering figures within the historical past of expertise. Neither had a school measure, yet either equipped hugely winning and leading edge agencies. Jobs and Land have been either perfectionists with a nearly enthusiast attentiveness to aspect, as well as being consummate showmen and instinctive dealers. in lots of methods, Edwin Land was once the unique Steve Jobs.

This riveting new biography visits the mind-blowing lifetime of Edwin Land, might be an important, but least identified inventor and expertise entrepreneur in American background. Land’s most renowned fulfillment used to be the construction of a innovative movie and digital camera approach which could produce a photographic print moments after the image used to be taken.
A Triumph of Genius takes you backstage of this reclusive genius’s discoveries, triumphs, and defeats.

You'll research info of Land’s involvement over 4 many years with top-secret U.S. army intelligence efforts in the course of international warfare II and during the chilly warfare within the carrier of 7 American presidents. also, you will thrill to the compelling first-hand examine one among our nation’s most vital criminal battles over highbrow property—Polaroid as opposed to Kodak. This company and felony fight is a narrative of just about operatic measurement. What started as a cooperative and collegial courting resulted in Kodak’s betrayal. The clash resulted in an epic felony conflict, a dramatic occasion for Land who, from the witness stand, in my opinion starred in a compelling court docket drama.

More than an easy enterprise biography, A Triumph of Genius chronicles the fellow and the icon whose technological brilliance cleared the path for one more of the 20th century’s maximum innovators, Steve Jobs.

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A hundred the last word end result used to be the now usual Sidewinder missile. the 1st accomplished gadget from the Dove undertaking used to be demonstrated in the summertime of 1945, prior to the atom bomb was once dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. however it was once too overdue for use opposed to the japanese military. simply days later, while Japan unconditionally surrendered, Land’s curiosity within the battle attempt vanished as quick because it had began. His acknowledged aim of profitable the warfare were completed. On August 15, 1945, the day after Japan laid down its palms, Land walked into McCune’s workplace.

Fifty four. Francis T. Carr, letter to Rya Zobel, April 20, 1981, F&N. fifty five. William Kerr, letter to Rya Zobel, April 23, 1981, F&N. fifty six. Francis T. Carr, letter to Rya Zobel, April 28, 1981, F&N. fifty seven. First Pretrial Order, PvK, filed could eleven, 1981, F&N. fifty eight. Ibid. fifty nine. Ibid. ; Patricia Martone, Memorandum pertaining to Pretrial convention of could eight, 1981, may perhaps eleven, 1981, F&N. 60. Calvert Crary, undergo Stearns Litigation evaluate, June 1, 1981, 7, F&N. sixty one. Schwartz, interview, January 30, 2009. sixty two. William Kerr, letter to Edwin Land, may perhaps eleven, 1981, F&N.

In a hot letter congratulating McCune on his appointment, Ansel Adams expressed his self belief: i'm conscious of the significance of this task, yet i'm convinced you could hold it via with contrast. the extreme technical, expert and procedural ethics of Polaroid areas it on the most sensible of yankee enterprises, and i've thought of it a good privilege to were linked to it in constrained and particular methods over decades. i'm yes that less than your presidency, the goals and beliefs of Polaroid might be carried directly to greatest measure.

Trial Testimony of Francis T. Carr, 6991. nine. “Dueling Cameras,” Newsweek, may perhaps 10, 1976. 10. Trial Testimony of Colby Chandler, PvKdam, vol. fifty four, August 17, 1989, 6952. eleven. “Up and Down Wall Street,” Barron’s, January 14, 1974. 12. “Polaroid, Kodak Feud over Patent Rights Girdles the Globe,” Wall road magazine, April 29, 1976. thirteen. “Polaroid Sues Kodak. ” 14. “Talking element, Eastman Kodak and Polaroid,” Reuters, may perhaps 12, 1976. 15. “Polaroid, Kodak Feud over Patent Rights. ” sixteen. Ibid. 17. Schwartz, interview, January 23, 2009.

A duplicate of a draft antitrust grievance was once despatched to Schwartz for his reviews, and he gave Peck study “on the present prestige of the legislation with admire to accumulation of patents as supplying the foundation for a misuse security or an antitrust counterclaim. ”91 Land was once stored during this loop, as copies of the correspondence and criminal memoranda have been despatched to Nan Chequer. finally, Schwartz’s recommendation was once that this was once all a great waste of time and effort and that Polaroid simply needed to watch for a call. ninety two the problem used to be by no means pursued.

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