Law Offices of Roland Tong, P.C.
Premier Southern California IP Law Firm Focused on IP Litigation and Procurement of Patents and Trademarks
Call 949-298-7840 to schedule a consultation

Isaac Newton's historic patent lawsuit

When most California business owners think of patent lawsuits they think of legal battles between Apple and Samsung, and they think of mom-and-pop inventors getting their ideas stolen by giant corporations. They don't usually think of Isaac Newton; however, Newton is famous for more than just discovering gravity. He also pursued a well-known patent lawsuit.

In the early 18th century, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz -- a German philosopher and mathematician -- was known to be the creator or calculus. He had been the first mathematician to publish academic papers about calculus in 1684 and another one in 1686. However, Isaac Newton published a book titled Opticks in 1704, in which he named himself to be the "father of calculus" and this spurred a debate.

Newton argued that he was the creator of the "science of fluxions," which he wrote about in 1665 and 1666. However, he only shared his writings with several colleagues. Newton claimed that Leibniz plagiarized his early drafts on the "science of fluxions" when Leibniz wrote about calculus. Newton's accusations persisted all the way to Leibniz's death in 1716, and nothing was ever settled. These days historians believe that both Leibniz and Newton co-invented calculus and they had their ideas independently.

To the modern reader of this blog it probably seems more important that we actually have the amazing tool of calculus than trying trying to answer the question of who invented it. However, for those who are currently engaged in an intellectual property or patent dispute, their entirely livelihoods and reputations could be at stake, so they may identify with Newton and Leibniz's feud. Indeed an intellectual property disagreement could serve to make or break a business's ability to generate a profit.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Famous Intellectual Property Disputes," Megan Gambino, accessed Sep. 29, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Get The Answers You Need Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

If you are seeking a Southern California law firm with intellectual property expertise, including help with matters involving trademark infringement, we can answer your questions. We offer a free initial consultation, competitive rates and alternative fee structures. Contact our office online or call 949-298-7840 to schedule an appointment.

We are available to meet clients by appointment at locations in Sherman Oaks, Glendale, Valencia, and downtown Los Angeles, California.

7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-298-6867
Map & Directions

22792 Centre Drive
Suite 101
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Phone: 949-298-6867
Map & Directions

Valencia Office
27240 Turnberry Lane #200
Valencia, CA 91355

Map & Directions

Sherman Oaks Office
15303 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 900
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Map & Directions