A few days later he filed interference papers against Glidden and an intense legal dispute ensued.Even though Haish was awarded a patent first, Glidden won the dispute because he had filed his patent before Haish.Glidden experimented by bending a short wire around a long strand of straight wire, by modifying a coffee mill.
When Haish learned that Glidden had applied for a patent in late 1873, but was denied, Haish filed a patent for his creation, the "S-Barb" in July of 1874.
A second barb-less wire was twisted around the first wire thus doubling its strength, durability and also holding the many barbs in place.
Today, more than 450 patents exist for barbed wire and more than 2,000 types and variations of barbed wire have been found by collectors.
The first practical "barbed wire" invention came from Michael Kelly of New York in 1868. Barbed wire as we know it today, came from the mind of Joseph F. He improvised with various modifications until he came up with a design that would withstand years of court litigation earning him the title of "The Father of Barbed Wire.
The Glidden wire was unique, consisting of one wire holding evenly-spaced barbs along its length.
Had his invention been properly promoted, he could have gained distinction as the Father of Barbed Wire.