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    05.29.15 Professor Christopher Beauchamp’s Book Earns Positives Reviews from Boston Review
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    Professor Christopher Beauchamp’s book, “Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America,” was the subject of a recent Boston Review article, How Patent Law Created Inventors.

    Boston Review points to Beauchamp’s use of the backstory of lawyers who made Bell the inventor of the telephone to show how the patent became a key weapon of market power and the cornerstone of a new legal-industrial complex.

    About Invented By Law
    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.

    Purchase Invented by Law.