The Automotive Patent Troll Celebrates 109 Years of Destroying America

The automotive patent troll first struck 109 years ago this October 22 when he sued Henry Ford. This first troll, a terrible beast whose memory shall forever cast a dark shadow on the red, white and blue heart of the American innovator, carried the cursed name of George Selden, and he sued the prince-like Ford claiming that the latter had copied his car design that he had patented in 1895.

The court battle raged on for a full eight years, before Selden was made to slink away with no extra coins to plunk into the coffers he hid beneath his bridge.