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by Matt Edgar
An uneducated engineer sets up in competition with one of the biggest names of the industrial revolution. He undercuts their prices, poaches their staff and is suspected of stealing their trade secrets.
They retaliate with a campaign of dirty tricks and litigation aimed at stopping this upstart in his tracks. We’ll wrestle dilemmas as fresh and controversial today as they were 200 years ago.
How much protection can one claim for inventions in a rapidly changing field? Is business success down to innovation or execution? And what happens when a start-up founder hands over the reins to the next generation?
13th November 2010