I love that little section in your paper "Facts You Probably Don't Need" and read with interest about Robert Kearns, the inventor of intermittent windshield wipers--and how he sued the industry to get paid for his invention. If I remember correctly, I think it was GM he contacted first, who saw his invention and told him that they have no interest in it. Then he began to see it on their cars. He contacted them again and was told--go ahead and sue --you'll never win--we are just too big and powerful for you.
Well, he did sue them, but it took him ten years to finally win. He gave all his energy to this fight because he didn't feel it was right that they trampled over him just because he was an ordinary person and not big shots like they were. Well he won and got a settlement as well as being paid for every intermittent wiper on every car that they and other car companies that made them (which was all of them, as we know every car has intermittent wipers) But he did lose his family--his wife divorced him because of his one-mindedness. It was a classic case of David and Goliath.
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