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Ronald K. 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 is also the author of the book A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.

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.

Recent Articles by Ronald K. Fierstein

Polaroid v. Kodak, Still the Champ

Of course, the substantial victories won by Bard and Apple do not match Polaroid’s in another very significant way. Polaroid was successful in securing an injunction against further infringement by Kodak that forced the goliath of the photography industry to withdraw all of its instant cameras and film from store shelves across the country. The courts imposed this punishment even though more than thirteen million Americans owned Kodak instant cameras that were immediately rendered useless by the decision.