The telephone was invented in the year of March 10, 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell. Bell had been working on an idea that could transmit sound to a different place since the age of 18. Bell had spilt an acid on him and was asking if his assistant, Thomas Watson, could come and help him clean it off. The first clear message through the telephone was: “Mr. Watson, come here I want you.” After that, Bell had his invention patented. Many inventors tried to claim the title of inventor of the telephone. In fact, there were lawsuits about who actually invented it. His claim for inventing it was defended over six hundred times until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.