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LES Greater Washington, DC Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
12:00 PM
Where: Sidley & Austin, DC Office
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
12:00 - 12:30 PM Networking
12:30 - 1:15 PM Presentation 

A Triumph of Genius

Sidley & Austin, DC Office
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Ron Fierstein

Apple founder Steve Jobs once hailed Edwin Land, the creator of Polaroid’s instant photography in the mid-20th century, as “a national treasure,” and modeled much of his own career after the inventor.  Both men stand out as unique and towering figures in the history of technology. Neither had a college degree, but both built highly successful, innovative organizations.  Each was a perfectionist and micro-manager almost fanatically attentive to detail, in addition to being consummate showmen and instinctive marketers.

Edwin Land is perhaps the most important, yet least known, inventor and technology entrepreneur in American history. In many ways, he was the original Steve Jobs.  A Triumph of Genius, tells the incredible story of the reclusive scientist who, as a teen, invented the first practical polarizer, which is still used almost a century later in countless popular applications including our sunglasses and LCD screens.  He went on to establish Polaroid and build it into one of the most innovative companies of the 20th century.  Along the way he made critical contributions to top-secret U.S. military intelligence efforts during World War II and the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents.

Author Ron Fierstein will also highlight the book’s unprecedented inside account of Polaroid’s landmark legal battle with Kodak over instant photography technology, the outcome of which continues to influence the protection of innovation well into the 21st century.

LES Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Online Registration Deadline: June 19, 2015 12 PM, EST

No refunds after June 19, 2015
Substitutions are permitted

Starting in 1978, Ron Fierstein was a young lawyer on the team of litigators from the prestigious patent law firm of Fish & Neave representing Polaroid in its epic patent battle with Eastman Kodak over instant photography technology.  He had the unique experience of working closely with Polaroid’s two main witnesses, Dr. Edwin Land and Howard Rogers, during the discovery phase of the litigation and then throughout the dramatic federal court trial in Boston. After leaving the practice of law in the early 1980s, he has enjoyed a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, managing artists in the recording industry including Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Ron also works in the theater, film and TV fields with his brother, Harvey, representing his business and legal interests.  He is currently a co-producer of Harvey’s hit Broadway musical, Kinky Boots. Ron lives with his wife in Chappaqua, NY, and spends as much time as he can at their second home on the beautiful island of North Hero, VT.  They have two grown sons.