In a message dated 5/19/2010 1:03:59 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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the Victor firm (and their "ancestor," Berliner) were using, and may have
held the rights, to the name "Gramophone?" Early in the 20th centurym
"phonograph" refered to Edison's cylinder machines; again, he may have held
rights to that term?
nix to Edison's use of "phonograph", no trademark protection.
Eldridge Johnson had been (temporarily) enjoined in Mar of 1901 (by Frank
Seaman) from using term Gramophone, and that is why Victor eschewed the word
in Oct 1901, i.e. Victor Talking Machine Co. However, the word soon became
The word Graphophone (to Edison's annoyance) had also become a category
at the patent office.