For anyone who thinks patent law is a thankless job, there is some new hope. The brain behind the Wright brothers' legal defense of their flying machine is now cast in bronze and overlooking his old office building in Springfield, Ohio. Last week, officials dedicated an 8-foot statue of Harry Toulmin, who helped Orville and Wilbur Wright apply for five patents over 11 years. The flying machine's patent withstood more than 20 years of fierce legal battles over intellectual property rights.
Wright Brothers' Patent Lawyer Gets His Own Statue
The Associated Press
October 10, 2006