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Informative Call by an Airborne Laser Designator Indicating the Laser / IR System is Inoperative
Gordon Gould
The Laser
Gould abandoned his doctorate in order to get his invention into production quickly. He spent 1958 refining and improving his model, but did not file for a patent until 1959, believing that he had to build a prototype before filing. Unfortunately, this resulted in a 20-year legal battle, which Gould finally won in 1977, when the first of his laser patents was issued.

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