An invention is a new form, composition of matter, device, or process. Some inventions are based on pre-existing forms, compositions, processes or ideas. Other inventions are radical breakthroughs which may extend the boundaries of human knowledge or experience.

Invention that gets out into the world is innovation, and as such it may be a major breakthrough, it may have a minor or incremental impact or its effect can be in between these two extremes.

There is also a “cultural invention” which is an innovative set of useful behaviors adopted by people who then pass them on. [ Artificial Mythologies: A Guide to Cultural Invention by Craig J. Saper (1997); Review of Artificial Mythologies. A Guide to Cultural Invention, Kirsten Ostherr (1998) ]

An invention that is novel and not obvious to those who are skilled in the same field may be able to obtain the legal protection of a patent.

The process of invention

Invention is a highly creative process.

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Prize 1937 [in Irving Good, The Scientist Speculates (1962), Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist US (Hungarian-born) (1893 - 1986), see]

An open curious mind enables one to see beyond what is known. Inventors think outside of the box. "Hell, there are no rules here — we're trying to accomplish something new." Thomas A. Edison [ As quoted in How to Think Like Einstein : Simple Ways to Break the Rules and Discover Your Hidden Genius (2000) by Scott Thorpe, p. 124] Seeing a new possibility, a new connection or relationship can spark invention. Inventive thinking frequently involves combining elements from different realms that would not normally be put together. Inventors skip over the boundaries between distinctly separate territories or fields. Ways of thinking, materials, processes or tools from one realm are used as nobody had ever imagined in a different realm. This is how Cubism, one of the most revolutionary innovations in art was invented. Taking ideas from primitive culture, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque reinvented art in the civilized world. [Picasso and the Invention of Cubism by Pepe Karmel (2003)]

Play can lead to invention. Childhood curiosity, experimentation and imagination can develop into a play instinct that is an inner need according to Carl Jung. Inventors feel the need to play with things that interest them, to explore, and this internal drive brings about novel creations. [ The Lemelson Center's website, Invention at Play: Inventors' Stories,; and Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors (2004), p.14-15 by Evan I. Schwartz. ] Inventing comes straight from the heart, it's a passion. “I never did a day's work in my life, it was all fun.” Thomas A. Edison. Inventing can also be an obsession. [ Encyclopedia Britannica, see; Albert Einstein, Address at the Physical Society, Berlin, for Max Planck's 60th birthday]

To invent is to see anew. “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance.” [Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors (2004), p. 11 by Evan I. Schwartz] “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein [“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” As quoted in "What Life Means to Einstein : An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck" in The Saturday Evening Post (26 October 1929)] Inventors often envision a new idea, seeing it in their mind. New ideas can come when the conscious mind turns away from the subject or problem, when the focus is on something else, while relaxing or sleeping. A novel idea may come in a flash - Eureka! For example, after years of working to figure out the general theory of relativity, the solution came to Einstein suddenly in a dream “like a giant die making an indelible impress, a huge map of the universe outlined itself in one clear vision.” [Einstein: A Life by Denis Brian p.159 (1996)]

Inventing also takes insight. It may begin with questions, doubt or a hunch. It may begin by recognizing that something unusual or accidental may be useful or that it opens a new avenue for exploration. For example, the odd metallic color of plastic made by accidentally adding a thousand times too much catalyst led scientists to explore its metal-like properties, inventing electrically conductive plastic and light emitting plastic - invention that won the Nobel Prize in 2000 and is innovating lighting, display screens, wallpaper and much more (see conductive polymer, and organic light-emitting diode or PLED). [, [ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000"] ]

Inventing is often an exploratory process, full of risk, with an outcome that is uncertain or unknown. There are failures as well as successes. “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” Einstein [ [ Inventing quotes & quotations ] ] Inspiration can start the process, but no matter how complete the initial idea, inventions typically have to be developed. Inventors believe in their ideas and they do not give up in the face of one or many failures. Their perseverance, confidence and passion is famous. “If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” Edison. [ Encyclopedia Britannica, see; ]

Inventors want to satisfy a need, they try to solve a problem or make something better, asking what if or, wouldn't it be great if. Inventors may for example, try to improve something by making it more effective, healthier, faster, more efficient, easier to use, serve more purposes, longer lasting, cheaper, more ecologically friendly, or aesthetically different, e.g., lighter weight, more ergonomic, structurally different, with new light or color properties, etc. [Countless examples can easily be found by searching patents, such as these examples from US Patents #7,367,623; #7,333,091; #6,906,645; #5,404,535; #6,653,527; #6,484,730; #7,317,628; #7,082,529; #7,162,602; #6,823,344; #6,085,920; #4,796,648; #6,490,602; #7,062,256; #6,501,387; #4,036,992; #5,493,217; #5,561,958; #7,286,288; #7,017,628; #6,365,786; #6,933,405; #7,354,636; #7,150,692; #7,250,216; #6,679,244; #6,762,817; #4,775,398; #5,914,076; #6,356,017; 6,761,605; #7,357,558; #7,236,263; and #6,850,310.] Or an entirely new invention may be created like the Internet, email, the telephone or electric light. Necessity may be the mother of invention, or invention may be the mother of necessity. Nobody needed a phonograph before Edision invented it, the need for it developed afterwards. Likewise, few ever imagined the telephone or the airplane prior to their invention, but many people cannot live without these inventions now. [Forks, Phonographs, and Hot Air Balloons: A Field Guide to Inventive Thinking p. 8 (1992), by Robert J. Weber, also from Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors, p. 13 (2004) by Evan I. Schwartz]

The idea for an invention may be developed on paper or on a computer, by writing or drawing, by trial and error, by making models, by experimenting, by testing and/or by making the invention in its whole form. As the dialogue between Picasso and Braque brought about Cubism, collaboration has spawned many inventions. Brainstorming can spark new ideas. Collaborative creative processes are frequently used by designers, architects and scientists. Co-inventors are frequently named on patents. Now it is easier than ever for people in different locations to collaborate. Many inventors keep records of their working process - notebooks, photos, etc., including Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein. [The Inventor's Notebook by Fred Grissom and David Pressman (2005); Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Inventor by Simona Cremante (2005),;] In the process of developing an invention, the initial idea may change. The invention may become simpler, more practical, it may expand, or it may even morph into something totally different. Working on one invention can lead to others too. There is only one country in the world that will grant patent rights for an invention that continues part of an invention in a previously filed patent, the United States.

The creation of an invention and its use can be effected by practical considerations. Some inventions are not created in the order that enables them to be most useful. For example, the parachute was invented before powered flight. [White, Lynn: The Invention of the Parachute, "Technology and Culture", Vol. 9, No. 3, (Jul., 1968), pp. 462-467] There are inventions that are too expensive to produce and inventions that require scientific advancements that have not yet occurred. [See US Patent #5,461,114 and D11,023 as well as Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Inventor by Simona Cremante (2005)] These barriers can erode or disappear as the economic situation changes or as science develops. But history shows that turning an invention that is only an idea into reality can take any amount of time, even centuries as demonstrated by inventions originally conceived by Leonardo da Vinci which are now in physical form and commonplace in our lives. [Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Inventor by Simona Cremante (2005)] Interestingly, some invention that exists as only an idea and has never been made in reality can obtain patent protection. [ Patent It Yourself by David Pressman (2000), particularly section 9/2, as a specific example refer to 1879, F. Auguste Bartholdi U.S. Patent D11,023]

An invention can serve many purposes, these purposes might differ significantly and they may change over time. An invention or a further developed version of it may serve purposes never envisioned by its original inventor(s) or even by others living at the time of its original invention. As an example, consider all the kinds of plastic developed, their innumerable uses, and the tremendous growth this material invention is still undergoing today. [ Most information is directly from the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation,, e.g., Invention at Play: Inventors' Stories, and Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors (2004) by Evan I. Schwartz (download an interview with this author about his book at Also: Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking (1985) by Vera John-Steiner;;,; American article “How Did the Heroic Inventors Do It?” by Thomas P. Hughes at; History of Plastics and Plastic Packaging Products - Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and More; A directory of resins from 600 plastics manufacturers Plastics Materials; Detailed Guide To All Plastics Processes, British Plastics Federation; Plastics Historical Society; History of plastics, Society of the Plastics Industry]

Artistic invention

Invention has a long and important history in the arts. Inventive thinking has always played a vital role in the creative process. While some inventions in the arts are patentable, others are not because they cannot fulfill the strict requirements governments have established for granting them, (see patent).

In art, design and architecture

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” Michelangelo [ [ Finding quotations was never this easy ] ]

Art is continuously reinvented. Many artists, designers, and architects think like inventors. As they create, they may: explore beyond that which is known or obvious, push against barriers, change or discard conventions, and/or break into new territory. Breaking the rules became the most valued attribute in art during the 20th century, with the highest acclaim going to conceptual innovation which frequently involved the invention of new genres. For the first time the idea within the artwork was unmistakably more important than the tangible art object. All kinds of artists have been inventing throughout history, and among their inventions are important contributions to visual art and other fields.

Some visual artists like Picasso become inventors in the process of creating art. Inventions by other artists are separate from their art, such as the scientific inventions of Leonardo da Vinci. Some inventions in visual art employ prior developments in science or technology. For example, Picasso and Julio Gonzalez used welding to invent a new kind of sculpture, the form of which could be more open to light and air, and more recently, computer software has enabled an explosion of invention in visual art, including the invention of computer art, and invention in photography, film, architecture and design. Like the invention of welded sculpture, other inventions in art are new art forms, for example, the collage and the construction invented by Picasso, the Readymade invented by Marcel Duchamp, the mobile invented by Alexander Calder, the combine invented by Robert Rauschenberg, and the shaped painting invented by Frank Stella. Art has been reinvented by developing new processes of creation. For example, Jackson Pollack invented an entirely new form of painting and a new kind of abstraction by dripping, pouring, splashing and splattering paint onto unstretched canvas laying on the floor. A number of art movements were inventions often created collaboratively, such as Cubism invented by Picasso and Braque. Substantial inventions in art, design and architecture were made possible by inventions and improvements in the tools of the trade. The invention of Impressionist painting, for example, was possible because the prior invention of collapsible, resealable metal paint tubes facilitated spontaneous painting outdoors. Inventions originally created in the form of artwork can also develop other uses, as Alexander Calder's mobile is commonly used over babies' cribs today. Funds generated from patents on inventions in art, design and architecture can support the realization of the invention or other creative work. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's 1879 patent on the Statue of Liberty helped fund the statue currently in New York harbor because it covered small replicas. [1879, F. Auguste Bartholdi U.S. Patent D11,023] .

Among other artists, designers and architects who are or were inventors are: Filippo Brunelleschi, Le Corbusier, Naum Gabo, Frederick Hart, Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Buckminster Fuller, Man Ray, Yves Klein, Henry N. Cobb, I. M. Pei, Kenneth Snelson, Helen Frankenthaler, Chuck (Charles) Hoberman and Ingo Maurer. Some of their inventions have been patented. Others might have fulfilled the requirements of a patent, like the Cubist image. There are also inventions in visual art that do not fit into the requirements of a patent. Examples are inventions that cannot be differentiated from that which has already existed clearly enough for approval by government patent offices, such as Duchamp's Readymade and other conceptual works. Invention whose inventor or inventors are not known cannot be patented, such as the invention of abstract art or abstract painting, oil painting, Process Art, Installation art and Light Art. Also, when it cannot or has not been determined whether something was a first in human history or not, there may not be a patentable invention even though it may be considered an invention in the realm of art. For example, Picasso is credited with inventing collage though this probably was done earlier in a culture outside of the western world.

Inventions in the visual arts that may be patentable might be new materials or mediums, they might be new kinds of images, they might be new processes, they might be novel designs, or they may be a combination of these. Inventions by Filippo Brunelleschi, Frederick Hart, Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Chuck (Charles) Hoberman and others received patents. The color, International Klein Blue invented by Yves Klein was patented in 1960 and used two years later in his sculpture. Inventions by Kenneth Snelson which are crucial to his sculptures are patented. R. Buckminster Fuller's famous geodesic dome is covered in one of his 28 US patents (see them all at Ingo Maurer known for his lighting design has a series of patents on inventions in these works. Many inventions created collaboratively by designers at IDEO Inc. have been patented. Countless other examples can easily be found by searching patents at the websites of the Patent Offices of various countries, such as Inventions in design can be protected in a special kind of patent called a "design patent." The first design patent was granted in 1842 to George Bruce for a new font. See a database of patents in the arts at See images and text from some patents in the arts at ["A Textbook Example of Ranking Artworks" by Patricia Cohen, The New York Times, (08-04-08); Picasso and the Invention of Cubism by Pepe Karmel (2003); Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Inventor by Simona Cremante (2005); Gonzalez Picasso Dialogue by Marielle Tabart (1999);; Jessica Darraby, podcast at, US Patent #2252 (1841) John Rand;, Alexander Calder 1898-1976 by Marla Prather (1998); Patenting Art and Entertainment by Gregory Aharonian and Richard Stim (2004); Marcel Duchamp: Work and Life, Hulten, Pontus (ed.) (1993); Le Corbusier (1960), by Françoise Choay;, click on "clear acrylic sculpture" for information on Hart's patent; Constructing Modernity: The Art and Career of Naum Gabo by Martin Hammer and Christina Lodder (2000); Tiffany Patent #237,416, La Farge Patent #224,831 (1880), and, and Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages by Marilynn A. Johnson (2006); Michael Kimmelman, from an audio slide presentation in the article “A Drip by Any Other Name” at, February 12, 2006 and Jackson Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe, Pepe Karmel (1998); Man Ray: Photography and its Double(1998) by Emmanuelle de I'Ecotais and Alain Sayag;; The Architecture of I.M. Pei by Carter Wiseman (2001); Kenneth Snelson US patents: #3,169,611, #3,276,148, #4,099,339, #6,017,220, and #6,739,937;,; Frank Stella: An Illustrated Biography by Sidney Guberman (1995) and Frank Stella by William Stanley Rubin (1990);$%7BClientIP%7D and Helen Frankenthaler by John Elderfield (1997); and US patents: #7,125,015, #7,100,333, #6,834,465, #6,739,098, #6,219,974, #6,190,231, #6,082,056, #5,234,727, #5,024,031, #4,981,732, #4,942,700, and #4,780,344; [, [ Tate Collection | IKB 79 by Yves Klein ] , and New York Magazine 3-31-08 p.50; Ingo Maurer US Patents #5,025,357, #4,988,924, D300,875, #4,772,232, and #D296,139; see patents assigned to IDEO Inc at such as #6,239,968; George Bruce U.S. Patent D1]

In music

Music has been expanded by invention over the course of thousands of years.

In literature

New written styles emerge through time. With this, as with many other arts, it is hard to distinguish invention from simply picking the most pleasurable or desired qualities of existing artforms and art trends.

In the performing arts

The value of invention in acting was noted by Paul Newman when discussing his reasons for retiring, "You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that's pretty much a closed book for me." [ [] ] Work by Martha Graham and many other artists is known for invention. [ Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi by Howard Gardner (1993) ]

Getting inventions out into the world

Inventions get out into the world in different ways. Some of them are sold, licensed or given away as products or services. Simply exhibiting visual art, playing music or having a performance gets many artistic inventions out into the world. Believing in the success of an invention can involve risk, so it can be difficult to obtain support and funding. Grants, inventor associations, clubs and business incubators can provide the mentoring, skills and resources some inventors need. Success at getting an invention out into the world often requires passion for it and good entrepreneural skills. [Inventors Assistance League; License Your Invention by Richard Stim (2002);; United Inventors Association,; The Inventor's Bible: How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas by Ronald Louis Docie (2004) ]

"Make a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." -Ralph Waldo Emerson [ [ The Mousetrap Saying ] ]

In economic theory, inventions are one of the chief examples of "positive externalities," a beneficial side-effect that falls on those outside a transaction or activity. One of the central concepts of economics is that externalities should be internalized - unless some of the benefits of this positive externality can be captured by the parties, the parties will be under-rewarded for their inventions, and systematic under-rewarding will lead to under investment in activities that lead to inventions. The patent system captures those positive externalities for the inventor or other patent owner, so that the economy as a whole will invest a more-closely-optimum amount of resources in the process of invention.

Invention and innovation

Innovation is "something new or different introduced." [ [ innovation - Definitions from ] ]

In the social sciences, an innovation is anything new to a culture, whether it has been adopted or not. The theory for adoption (or non-adoption) of an innovation called diffusion of innovations considers the likelihood that an innovation will ever be adopted and the taxonomy of persons likely to adopt it or spur its adoption. This theory was first put forth by Everett Rogers. [ Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition by Everett Rogers (2003), also see ] Gabriel Tarde also dealt with the adoption of innovations in his "Laws of Imitation". [ Les lois de l'imitation Gabriel Tarde (1890) ]


* "Every herd of wild cattle has its leaders, its influential heads." Gabriel Tarde [ Les lois de l'imitation Gabriel Tarde (1890), ]

* “The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.” Albert Einstein [Address at the Physical Society, Berlin, for Max Planck's 60th birthday]

* “Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.” Richard Feynman [The Character of Physical Law (1965)]

* “For example, if you're doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might make it invalid — not only what you think is right about it... Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if you know them.” Richard Feynman ["Cargo Cult Science", adapted from a commencement address given at CalTech (1974)]

* “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” Richard Feynman [On his blackboard at time of death in 1988; as quoted in The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking]

* “We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and no learning.” Richard Feynman [From lecture "What is and What Should be the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society", given at the Galileo Symposium in Italy, 1964.]

* “When most people think that everything is working normally, an inventor will home in on the absurdity, the utter foolishness of the way everyone seems to accept the world as it is. Others won’t even see what’s wrong-until the inventor stumbles across it. By isolating a problem in a new way, by redefining it, by focusing it does to something more specific than meets the average eye, the inventor constructs a new possibility where none was though to have existed.” Evan I. Schwartz [Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors (2004), p. 11-12 by Evan I. Schwartz]

* “Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.” Steve Wozniak [The Fifth HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) Conference, Saturday keynote speech (10 July 2004)]

* "Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure." Thomas A. Edison [ "The Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison (1948), p. 110,]

External links

* [ List of PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Notable Inventions] (on the WIPO web site)

ee also

* Bayh-Dole Act
* Chindōgu
* Creativity
* Creativity techniques
* Cultural invention
* Design patent (US patent law)
* Diffusion of innovations
* EU Directive on the patentability of biotechnological inventions
* EU Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions "(proposed, then rejected)"
* Discovery
* Edisonian approach
* Invention (musical composition)
* Invention promotion firm
* Inventive step and non-obviousness (patentability requirements)
* Inventor
* Inventor's Day
* Islamic inventions
* Kranzberg's laws of technology
* Lemelson-MIT Prize
* List of Chinese inventions
* English inventions and discoveries
* List of Indian inventions
* List of United States inventions
* List of inventions named after people
* List of inventors
* Mad scientist
* Mind's eye
* National Inventors Hall of Fame
* Patent
* Technology
* The heroic theory of invention and scientific development
* Thinking outside the box
* Timeline of invention, for a detailed list of inventions, listed by date of invention
* TRIZ approach


* Asimov, Isaac. Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery, Harper & Row, 1989. ISBN 0-06-015612-0
* De Bono, Edward, "Eureka! An Illustrated History of Inventions from the Wheel to the Computer", Thames & Hudson, 1974.
* Gowlett, John. Ascent to Civilization, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1992. ISBN 0-07-544312-0
* Platt, Richard, "Eureka!: Great Inventions and How They Happened", 2003.
* Patenting Art and Entertainment by Gregory Aharonian and Richard Stim (2004)


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