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The Mad Men of IP

Jakob Schnaidt


In the early 1960s, patent practice was quiet and inventors often faced a hostile environment. But then, like now, new technologies were emerging to reshape business and the economy. Across North America, innovative lawyers set up boutique firms that would transform the market, many of which still exist today. Fifty years on, Jakob Schnaidt tells their story

In 1961, the Florida state bar association sued to prevent local patent agent Alexander Sperry from processing patent applications at the local patent office, and advertising himself as a "patent attorney" (he wasn't an attorney). Because Sperry had been admitted...


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