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The 50th anniversary of the laser

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38210 45653 2010 5 PDF Available
Title
The 50th anniversary of the laser
Abstract

One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, the laser, first appeared in 1960. Fifty years on, its technological innovations have revolutionized the modern world. Since the first few patents were approved to the laser inventors, numerous patents involving the laser have been granted on a worldwide scale. Rewards to the inventors were immense, including Nobel Prizes. Unsurprisingly such a rewarding area of invention led to intellectual property and patent rights disputes. This paper explores these exciting, but contentious, early years of the laser.

Keywords
Laser; Maser; Inventor; Patent survey; Patent dispute; Historical review
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The 50th anniversary of the laser
Publisher
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: World Patent Information - Volume 32, Issue 4, December 2010, Pages 326–330
Authors
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Subjects
Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering