In a message dated 5/19/2010 11:36:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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I'm surprised that Edison didn't try to
protect "phonograph" (didn't he patent it as such in 1878?);
A patent does not convey 'protection' for a brand name, or inventive
category, etc. The word 'phonograph' had been used since the 1830's in a variety
of contexts, sometimes involving systems of shorthand, but was also used as
a synonym for the (Scott's) Phonautograph, and the Scientific American
specifically referred to a projected recording/reproducing machine
("phonograph") in 1867.
The Columbia Graphophone Mfg Co of Bridgeport finally got around to
trademarking the word "Graphophone" in 1921, claiming their first commercial
use in Jan 1887. (acc to ToRS).
The word "Graphophone" was first used (in their Notebooks) by A. G. Bell
(and C. S. Tainter) in early 1881.