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    01.28.15 Book Launch & Reception - Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America
    Christopher Beauchamp Brooklyn Law School Professor

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    6:00 to 7:30 pm

    Brooklyn Law School

    Subotnick Center
    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn, NY

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    Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America
    A Discussion with Author Christopher Beauchamp, Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School

    About the Book
    Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone in 1876 stands as one of the great touchstones of American technological achievement. Professor Christopher Beauchamp brings a new perspective to this history in his book Invented by Law, examining the legal battles that raged over Bell’s telephone patent, likely the most consequential patent right ever granted. He challenges the popular myth of Bell as the telephone’s sole inventor, exposing that story’s origins in the arguments advanced by Bell’s lawyers. More than anyone else, it was the courts that anointed Bell father of the telephone, granting him a patent monopoly that decisively shaped the American telecommunications industry for a century to come. Exploring complex questions of ownership and legal power raised by the invention of important new technologies, Invented by Law recovers a forgotten history with wide relevance for today’s patent crisis.

    About the Author
    Associate Professor of Law Christopher Beauchamp joined Brooklyn Law School in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Sharswood Fellow in Law and History and a Lecturer in Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and legal history. Prior to teaching, he was a Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University’s Law and Public Affairs Program and a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University. Professor Beauchamp is also working on a history of patent law and litigation in the United States, entitled Technology's Trials.

    Copies of Invented by Law (Harvard University Press 2014) will be available for purchase.

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