March 31, 2008

Creativity and Timing [10:03 am]

Like they say in showbiz, timing is everything — at least when it comes to IPR: Behind Every Great Inventor, Many Others Whom History Forgot

The reality is that the “Aha” moments of industrial creation are preceded by critical moments far less heralded. Behind and beside every big-name inventor are typically lots of others whom history forgot, or never knew. And it’s unusual that an innovation is created in a vacuum (including the vacuum, which itself claims several progenitors).

“It’s rare that you’ve got a major breakthrough that wasn’t developed by multiple people at about the same time,” said Mark Lemley, professor of intellectual property at Stanford Law School.

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