In 1947, scientists at Bell Laboratories internally disclosed a remarkable new invention that would later become known as the “transistor.” Following the initial disclosure, Bell Labs methodically planned and facilitated the patenting, publication, and licensing of this new technology. The manner in which Bell Labs handled the disclosure and licensing of this pioneering invention provides a template that present-day inventors would be well-advised to emulate.
Lawrence B. Ebert, What the Story of the Invention of the Transistor Teaches Us About 21st Century Patent Practice, 8 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 80 (2008)