Importance of Documenting Inventions
Cartoon portrait of inventor Daniel Drawbaugh

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: K-8
Year: 2001


This brief video clip highlights how important it is for inventors to document their work. The narrator of the animated clip explains that a dispute occurred over who had invented the telephone. Daniel Drawbaugh claimed he invented it, but the Supreme Court awarded the patent to Alexander Graham Bell because Bell had extensive written accounts of his efforts.

Importance of Documenting Inventions
Duration: 25 seconds
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This video clip is part of the The Case of the Wright Invention DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

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