Which is worse:
1. Alexander graham bell patents telephone at time t. Elisha Gray attemps to patent telephone 1 at time t + 1 hour from independent research...many years. Government prohibits gray from doing telphone stuff because Bell registered first.
1A. Does the time frame matter? There were at least 2 other folks working on this...and they were within a year or two of figuring it out.
1B. What if a Tesla indeendently discovers it in his country...moves to the USA...and discovers it in existence. His idea... stop him from using?
2. HP develops a printer technology. Canon buys a printer, strips it...discovers the tech. Copies it. Makes printers with same tech?
Is 1 worse or 2 worse?
Simplifying assumption: It is effectively impossible to independently discover whether a real life case is case 1 or case 2...so let's not talk about distinguishing.