Last year privacy took center-stage, this year, it seems, that the patent wars -prompted by the Apple/Samsung battle- are taking over the legal tech news. This book came out last year and can be found in public libraries across the nation: Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes. In 1940, Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil invented a secret communication system that would eventually become the basis for many communication technology advances in the last half century, including the cell phone. Lamarr and Antheil developed the spread-spectrum radio, which would allow the rapid switching of communications signals among a spread of different frequencies. This is a quick read that provides a wonderful glimpse into early tech development and the intricacies of US patent law, plus you’ll learn a bit about the lives a pop culture icon and THE original “bad boy” of music.