Here is a key quote:
It is interesting to note that both Bell and Edison later acknowledged Reis' work as part of the inspiration for their own, once the court cases had settled down. In Britain, where Reis' work was well known, Bell's patent application was tactfully called "Improvements In Electric Telephony and Telephonic Apparatus".
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Comment by scruss, on 5-Jul-2007 14:13
Yeah, but can you imagine saying "I'll give you a reis" instead of "I'll give you a bell"?
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