Ken E. writes "In light of the recent BlackBerry mess, an article about the history of the telephone with interesting historic parallels appeared yesterday at AmericanHeritage.com. Most of us know that Alexander Bell beat Elisha Gray to the patent office by mere hours to claim the patent for the telephone, but did you know that two other inventors can also claim the invention, including Thomas Edison? Similar disputes about independent invention and patent ownership can be found regarding the television, the airplane, and the automobile. Maybe it finally is time to legalize the independent invention defense."
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