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Laser patent dispute.

Laser patent dispute

In 1959, inventor Gordon Gould applied for a patent that covered gas-discharge lasers. The Patent and Trademark Office denied Gould the patent. Late last year, Judge Thomas A. Flannery of the U.S. Court of appeals decided the agency had made errors in its examination and that Gould deserves a patent. If Gould gets and enforces his patent, he will be able to collect royalties on all helium-neon and carbon dioxide lasers now manufactured, a market worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Gould, who lives in

Kinsale, Va., has been involved in several other laser patent disputes (SN: 3/20/82, p. 199).
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