Invention FAQs:


Q: Is invention a unique or novel device?

A: Yes, and method, composition or process.

Q: Is invention actually an invention?

A: Yes.

Q: Is invention cultural invention?

A: Yes, and which is an innovative set of useful social behaviours adopted by people and passed on to others.

Q: Is invention also an important legal concept and central to patent law systems worldwide?

A: Yes.

Q: Is invention often an exploratory process with an uncertain or unknown outcome?

A: Yes.

Q: Is invention often a creative process?

A: Yes.

Q: Is invention governed by Article 52 of the European Patent Convention?

A: Yes, that excludes, e.g., discoveries as such and software as such.

Q: Are inventions of three kinds: scientific-technological?

A: Yes, and sociopolitical , and humanistic, or cultural.

Q: Is invention quite different in American and European patent law?

A: Yes.

Q: Is invention also an important component of artistic and design creativity?

A: Yes.

Q: Is invention not inherently novel?

A: Yes.

Q: Are inventions one of the chief examples of "positive externalities"?

A: Yes, and a beneficial side-effect that falls on those outside a transaction or activity.