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Steve Jacobs, University of Arizona

Steve Jacobs

As explained in Nick Taylor's "LASER - The Inventor, The Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War" [1] it took Gordon Gould 30 years to obtain the Basic Laser Patent (1987) whose value increased enormously since 1957.  Only recently (2013) was U.S.Patent Law changed from "first to the concept" to "first to the Patent Office", which is consistent with the rest of the world.

 [1]  Simon & Schuster, N.Y. 2000