Sunday, 28 October 2012


Despite, or because of, the current economic recession there seems to be an increase in the rate of inventing. What can those pursuing patent applications learn about the process from the inventions of the past? If we think about the most common inventions we use today, they seem to have been produced fully realised. But many of our favourite inventions had to be recreated in the form that we are now familiar with. The steam engine, printing, television and aeroplanes initially had no widespread use until their design was improved to such an extent that it almost became another invention. The word ‘almost’, in this context, is something the lawyers can argue about until the cows either come home, or they get replaced by robotic bio-reactors. I am interested in how the inventions that we are familiar with came into existence, in a form that is better than their original conception.