First Television: How it was protected by intellectual property

Today is the World Television Day.
It is Vladimir Zvorykin that we consider to be the father of television.

He was an American inventor born in Russia before the Revolution. He came from the city of Murom and studied in Saint-Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. One hundred years ago exactly, back in 1919, he emigrated to the United States of America.

Four years later, in 1923, Zvorykin filed patent application US2141059 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and fifteen years later, on 20 December 1938, his first patent protection the entire television broadcasting system was registered.

Vacuum tube (1929), picture tube and iconoscope (1931), recording system and film studio (1937), colour television (1940) by means of splitting the colour beam into blue, red and green — these are Zvorykin’s inventions that made television as we know it today possible.

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Author: Igor Nevzorov, Translation: Ekaterina Bereznikova

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