For months after Edison revealed his new invention, Western Union did not bother to contact him about signing a contract for it. When they finally sent him a letter in January 1875, Edison informed them that he had sold the contract to Jay Gould. This news sparked a patent fight and a court battle over the quadruplex. Gould lost the court fight (and his hopes of taking over Western Union's share of the telegraph market), but nobody came away pleased with Edison. During the early 1870s, Edison came into himself as an inventor and a businessman. Unfortunately, this process did not happen smoothly. He made great mistakes during this period, both in choosing partners and in conducting business transactions. At first, he tended to pick business partners from his associates in the telegraph business, only to become angry when they used their superior business acumen to earn a greater
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