NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 10, 1977
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(Studio) United States Patent Office finally decides who invented one type of laser. Means money for inventor.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Gaithersburg, MD) Inventor Gordon Gould has been inventing most of his life. [GOULD - knew he wanted to be inventor from childhood.] Now, because of his invention of one type of laser, he will be paid for inventing. Companies making laser must pay Gould royalties, since Patent Office has decided he is inventor of laser. [GOULD - notes he wrote down idea for laser in notebook on wkend. in 1957.] Notebook is what convinced Patent Office of Gould being inventor, after years of argument. [GOULD - notes convincing argument with regard to notebook was signature of notary public Jack Gould, who is no relation to self and who lived nearby in 1957. Looks as if he'll be wealthy because of this; never imagined it would happen.]
REPORTER: Robert Bazell