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An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process.wikipedia
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A patent legally protects the intellectual property rights of the inventor and legally recognizes that a claimed invention is actually an invention.
A patent is a form of intellectual property that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, selling and importing an invention for a limited period of years, in exchange for publishing an enabling public disclosure of the invention.

Inventive step and non-obviousness

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Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field.
The inventive step and non-obviousness reflect a general patentability requirement present in most patent laws, according to which an invention should be sufficiently inventive—i.e., non-obvious—in order to be patented.


Another meaning of invention is cultural invention, which is an innovative set of useful social behaviours adopted by people and passed on to others.
Innovation is related to, but not the same as, invention, as innovation is more apt to involve the practical implementation of an invention (ie new / improved ability) to make a meaningful impact in the market or society, and not all innovations require an invention.

Person having ordinary skill in the art

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Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field.
He or she mainly serves as a reference for determining, or at least evaluating, whether an invention is non-obvious or not (in U.S. patent law), or involves an inventive step or not (in European patent laws).

Novelty (patent)

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process.
An invention is not new and therefore not patentable if it was known to the public before the filing date of the patent application, or before its date of priority if the applicant claims priority of an earlier patent application.


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Invention is also an important component of artistic and design creativity.
The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting).

Inventor's notebook

In addition, many inventors keep records of their working process - notebooks, photos, etc., including Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Evangelista Torricelli, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.
An inventor's notebook is used by inventors, scientists and engineers to record their ideas, invention process, experimental tests and results and observations.

Timeline for invention in the arts

The Timeline for invention in the arts lists the most notable artistic inventors
Timelines of inventions display the development and progression of art, design, architecture, music and literature.


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While some inventions in the arts are patentable, others are not because they cannot fulfill the strict requirements governments have established for granting them.
Within the context of a national or multilateral body of law, an invention is patentable if it meets the relevant legal conditions to be granted a patent.

Independent inventor

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An independent inventor is a person who creates inventions independently, rather than for an employer.

List of inventions named after people

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This is a list of inventions followed by name of the inventor (or whomever else it is named after).

Heroic theory of invention and scientific development

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The heroic theory of invention and scientific development is the hypothesis that the principal authors of inventions and scientific discoveries are unique heroic individuals – "great scientists" or "geniuses".

Invention promotion firm

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An invention promotion firm or invention submission corporation provides services to inventors to help them develop or market their inventions.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

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The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is an American not-for-profit organization which recognizes individual engineers and inventors who hold a U.S. patent of highly significant technology.

Directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions

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of biotechnological inventions, including plant varieties (as legally defined) and human genes.

Timeline of historic inventions

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The timeline of historic inventions is a chronological list of particularly important or significant technological inventions and the people who created the inventions.

Necessity is the mother of invention

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It means, roughly, that the primary driving force for most new inventions is a need.

Discovery (observation)

Some discoveries lead to the invention of objects, processes, or techniques.

Patent model

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A patent model was a handmade miniature model no larger than 12" by 12" by 12" (approximately 30 cm by 30 cm by 30 cm) that showed how an invention works. It was one of the most interesting early features of the United States patent system.

Lemelson–MIT Prize

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The winner receives $500,000, making it the largest cash prize for invention in the U.S.

Multiple discovery

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What holds for discoveries, also goes for inventions.

Inventors' Day

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The Inventors' Day (Tag der Erfinder) in the German-speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland is celebrated on 9 November, the birthday of the Austrian-born inventor and Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr whose main invention was the frequency-hopped spread spectrum 1942.


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Creativity techniques

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